Some time ago, I set my iPhone to alert me when it’s time to take a pill. Now, unless I get up IMMEDIATELY and take the pill when the alarm goes off, I forget.
Yesterday, I blew off two pills. I was sitting here at my keyboard, my iPhone alarm went off, I turned it off and instantly forgot. I’ve been doing that a lot lately.
I remember to take my pills when I get up in the morning cuz it’s part of the routine. Check e-mails, take pills, make coffee. I remember to take my nite-nite pill, cuz it’s nite-nite time. But my 11 and 4 pills? There isn’t any other action associated with taking them, so I have to jump up from what I’m doing and take them, or I forget until I either start wondering why I’m so stiff, or it dawns on me that an hour or so has passed and I didn’t take them.
This is one of the reasons why I got one of those daily pill compartment things. I load it up with the number of pills I need to take each day. That way, if I think I may have forgotten to take one, all I have to do is count. Like right now, I should have no levodopa/carbidopa pills in the Wednesday bin. Which I don’t cuz I just took the last one… an hour late.