T Minus Two Type Two Diabetes and Other Passions


In Sight

This post (not a repost!) is my response for today's prompt for Diabetes Blog Week: "Diabetes Life Hacks -- Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes ... Please remember to give non-medical advice only!"

I have griped a time or two (okay, maybe closer to 300 times) about how much I hate sitting down to count out my medications each week, because doing so seems to be a real symbol of my diseases.

But, I really don't mind -taking- the medications. However, it took me several years to figure out how to take them as consistently as I need to. For way too long, I relied on trying to remember the three times a day I have pills to swallow. That just didn't work. Eventually, I had the insight that I needed to keep my meds in sight. (See what I did there?)

The morning meds live on the desk where I used to sit at my computer every morning. (The computer now lives elsewhere, but seeing the desk is reminder enough.)  I have a phone-and-computer calendar reminder for the mid-afternoon, when I'm usually at work. And there's a little stand in my bathroom - which I'm sure to visit before I go to bed - that holds the sorter with the things I take at night.

I still manage to forget once in a while, but I'm pretty consistent.

It's simple, but it works for me.


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  1. Great hacks, Bob! I’m the same as you — if they’re out of sight, then they’re out of mind. I take about four a day, and use a weekly pill case to put them in and track. But I tend to walk past it on the microwave, and so have started moving it to the same place on my desk in the office; same with my meter case, I set it there so I can see it and that helps me be more consistent in checking blood sugars during the day. But if it’s somewhere else, or I leave my pill case in the travel back after a trip, all bets are off. Thanks for the post!

  2. Calendar/phone reminders have saved me so many times.

    It wouldn’t help with 3x/day meds, but shouldn’t more meds come in oral contraceptive format? (30 pills, lined up by day, I mean.) (Instead of in a bottle.)

  3. In my case, Meals = Meds. At my doctor’s advice, I take my metformin with every major meal. No particular reason he said, except that it is easier to remember to take meds with regular meals, and spreading out metformin during the day reduces the risk of toilet visits.

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