Finding it hard to remember pills and taking meter readings

By LadyLouAnn Latest Reply 2013-11-24 16:46:52 -0600
Started 2013-11-22 19:48:58 -0600

Does anyone else find it hard to keep up with remembering to take their pills and finding time in the day to take BG readings. I have a very busy job and just finding a quiet private place to check my BG is hard enough. I have put alarms on my phone and I hear them but I'm usually in the middle of something and then I forget to do the readings and take the pills.
Any of you experience this problem?

6 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-23 17:36:18 -0600 Report

No I don't have that problem because my health is my top priority. Everything else falls under that. I am also busy but I am never too busy to take care of testing, or taking medication when I need to do this. I don't want to get sick from missing medications or not testing. If I do, I won't have to worry about being too busy to do this because I could either be in the hosptial or dead. If you have the alarms set and ignore them, that is something only you can correct. If I am in a meeting, I excuse myself to go to the ladies room to test if I feel myself becoming too low.

If you have alarms set and you are ignoring them, they you don't have a problem remembering to test or take your medication. You choose not to interrupt what you are doing to do this then forget. Only you can correct this problem.

GabbyPA 2013-11-22 20:45:15 -0600 Report

I get easily distracted so I tend to get busy like you and forget until later. What I try to do is take care of as many of the things I need to look at in the quiet of my morning. So I make sure I test, set up my meds and get my menu planned for the day, all in the dark of the predawn morning. Then I go back to bed, sleep for another hour and hit the ground running...well, jogging with the dogs.

Having said that, I am also now trying to teach myself to treat myself with the respect I deserve. I have decided to put my health first, and that way I will be able to better preform my job, take care of the house and family and do the things I want to do. You may not be able to drop everything every time an alarm goes off, but there are times when you can and I would say to use those times to take care of yourself.

Glucerna 2013-11-23 15:27:15 -0600 Report

I love your comment that you're 'treating yourself with the respect you deserve'. LadyLouAnn, have you talked with your doctor or diabetes educator about the timing of your medication and when to test? Together you should be able to come with up with a plan that fits your life. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-23 17:39:36 -0600 Report

A doctor can't really tell you when to test. For example if he tells you to test at 9am-1pm and 7pm, what do you do if you feel a high or low, wait until the time your doctor told you to test to check your B/S. You have to test when you feel the need to do so. Besides a doctor isn't going to give you a time table to test. He might say test 3 times a day but isn't going to tell you the time. Medication times can easily be adjusted. I take my Met at 8pm and if I happen to forget, I take it in the morning and again at 8pm that night.

Glucerna 2013-11-24 15:44:01 -0600 Report

Joyce, of course you're right that testing blood sugar when you're not feeling well, or to identify a high or a low, is good practice. The doctors I've worked with often recommend times of day to test. I think it's important to work with your physician, let him/her know where you're having trouble, and together work out a plan. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-24 16:46:52 -0600 Report

Although I agree with you to a point I think people have to be responsible for thier disease. A doctor really can't recommend the times for a person to test. If you are more active or not as active during the day, a doctor can't really recommend anything. He can't deterimine how active, how much you eat or don't eat during your day. You and only you would know this. Therefore, if you are active and burning carbs, the times of day the doctor recommends you to test would be useless. Why make the doctor responsible for your testing. Take the responsibility yourself. If you can feel you are getting low or high, you have to test. Not wait until the time of day the doctor recommended.

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