Today I have a short post for you because next week I am on holiday and then I move house the day after we return. As any fellow spoonie will understand, this takes spoons – and buckets full of them. However, this blog is new, and I didn’t want to leave you stranded. So I bring you what is a quick tip. But is also a bit of a lifesaver, namely using Amazon Alexa* for Medication Reminders.
Storing my Medications
When I began experiencing Fibromyalgia symptoms, I also started my journey as a routine medication taker. Unfortunately, the medication didn’t produce any significant difference. There was no sense of obvious relief but they took the edge of. The problem with being in pain but also feeling woolly in the head is that I often couldn’t remember if I had taken my tablets or not. So the first step was purchasing a pill box, this solved my immediate problem of never knowing if I had taken my tablets or not.
Post-it Notes Galore
In the early days I was fortunate to maintain my employment so for the midday medication I was at the office, initially I was still there when my afternoon tablets were due. Although I had my pills in their box so I would know if I had taken them, this didn’t help me remember. So for a period of a few months I had daily post-it notes stuck to the side of my monitor telling me what time to take my tablets. To stop me double checking the box, I removed the post it note once I had taken them. This worked moderately well until I had to leave my job. You can read more about that over on my sister blog, Living Creatively with Fibro.
Once I began working at home (is it classed as working if you don’t make a living? Here are some thoughts on this) I had the choice of how to organise my reminders. Because I am a bit of a geek, I knew I wanted to make the most of technology and for a while I dabbled with various to-do apps and reminder systems but this always required me to look at one of my screens to get the reminder.
Amazon Alexa Medication Reminder
I was used to using Alexa for various purposes throughout the day but I never considered using her for medication reminders because at that stage there was no facility to create repetitive alarms and I didn’t want to keep setting a new reminder every time I took my tablets. Then everything changed when Amazon upgraded the technology to allow for ongoing alarms. Now, Alexa* pipes up each time with “Susan, remember to take your medication.”
Alexa Medication Reminders
When I am having a flare-up and the Fibro Fog is annoying I have my secret weapon and Alexa provides that too. It is nothing amazing just the much-needed nudge. A second reminder fifteen minutes after the first, saying “Susan, did you take your medication?” It is amazing how easy it is to tell her to stop but not take any action. When I need it this second Alexa Medication Reminder works like a treat!
Do you have Alexa in your life?
Do you have Alexa or another of the voice-controlled assistants in your life? If so, are using it for medication reminders? If not, I really recommend it. I’d love to know if this post has inspired you. Maybe you have other ideas for getting help from Alexa? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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