I was truly humbled by the response to my previous blog. I feel safe in saying we could build a castle out of the pill bottles donated from everyone’s generosity.
While the outpouring was heart warming, I’ll admit it also paralyzed me a little to post again. I sincerely doubt all those so graciously now following my blog, share my same health conditions so would they care about anything I might talk about? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized, it was proof that so much about health is universal, regardless of diagnosis.
If you’re like me, the pill bottles you’re now donating, weren’t just filled with vitamins to try to live longer. You are fighting pain, inflammation, your own immune system, you are in a hard core fight and that quest for health can easily be a full time job.
Maybe, like me, you found yourself keeping the empty pill bottles as a way to remember all the crucial data on that little white sticker: who gave you what, when, where, for how long, how many refills… change meds even a few times a year and it’s near impossible to keep it all straight. My closet was a pill bottle graveyard filled with information I feared throwing away. Determined to finally clear the ghosts (& the space!) I decided to start writing all the key information off the pill bottle labels and keep them in a file.
After bottle #3 I gave up, shocked and frustrated at how long it took. I went on a quest to find an app to do all the work for me. I hate most medical apps, I find them way more work or cost than they are worth. This app would have to be *free and it would have to truly make this easy for me or the pill ghosts could just continue to haunt those drawers. It took a lot of trial and error but I finally found a solution – that actually works!
CareZone does the work for you & charges nothing!
(Note: so there’s no confusion, the app is free. I get nothing if anyone uses these links to load the app, I am just trying to make it easier for anyone that’s interested)
1. With CareZone, you simply take the camera on your smart phone or laptop and snap a few pics of the pill bottle (or box) label. Start at one side, take a pic, rotate, take another pic, rotate, until you’ve gone all the way around the label.
2. Review the pics.
Satisfied? Is picture #3 redundant or too blurry? Just delete it.
You didn’t get a clear pic of the side effect sticker on top? Add another pic to the file
3. Then hit submit
The photo is sent through recognition software, it takes the text in the photo and converts it into real editable, text in predetermined fields for clarity.
You will be notified when your information has been added into a file in your account.
What’s added? Everything!
*the name of the drug
* generic name
* strength & frequency of the dose
* Doctor’s name and phone number
* pharmacy name and number
* any warning information on the bottle/box
* number of refills
* when the drug expires
~ you name it, it’s added!
What else can the app do:
* remind you to take the meds you entered ( it will pull it right off the pill bottle & create the reminder for you!)
(note: all reminders can be set or turned off easily)
* remind you to reorder the meds
* add notes about anything you want
* create other profiles so you can keep track of what your Mom takes or kids take in case you ever need to tell a Doctor
* keep allergy lists
* current medication list
* want to keep information on a medication you’re not currently taking? Just click “inactive” and it will archive the info for you (I use this one a lot!)
I can’t count how many times I have had to list the meds I am on, what I am allergic to, reference what drug a specific Doctor gave me a year ago, what the dose was that did or didn’t help me on a medication I was taking 3 years ago… it’s impossible to keep it all straight and even more impossible to access it in a 6 inch medical file in the 60 seconds a Doctor gives you to answer the questions. This app has changed that for me and better yet, I now have another huge pile of pill bottles that no longer need to haunt my shelves “just in case” and can be donated!