If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I don’t like to set resolutions for the new year. Resolutions don’t always pan out. In fact, only about 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Statistically speaking, that is not a good number. Instead I think people should lay out obtainable goals for the new year. For example – If you want to lose weight this year don’t make a resolution to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year. Instead take small steps and make monthly goals to achieve your over all expectations. Instead of losing 50 pounds by December 31st, plan on losing a healthy and more obtainable 5 pounds a month. It sounds less daunting that way.
One thing I’m really bad about – which I need to change – is taking and giving medications.
I have to take several different medications for Diabetes and Anemia (Iron & B12 deficiencies). I also have to take medication for my thyroid. One medication I have to take 30 minutes before I eat or drink, one I have to take at night, one I have to take twice a day… and I never seem to remember them all the time. “Life” tends to throw me off track, especially if I’m busy.
In addition I have two cats that require medication. I tend to remember theirs before I remember mine. On cat needs a shot twice a day. the other cat needs an inhaler once a day and she’s currently on steroids that she needs to be weaned off of and it’s hard to remember what day she gets a steroid and what day/days she doesn’t.
There is a new app that can help you to keep track of your medications. It’s the Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager app. Not only will it help you manage your medications, but also medications for other people in your household.
My stepmother takes 50+ pills and supplements every day. She’s being treated for Parkinson’s Disease and Lyme’s Disease, however recently a doctor came to the conclusion that she might not have Parkinson’s but rather a rare strain of Lyme’s Disease that mimics Parkinson’s Disease. While they try and figure this all out she’s still required to take 50+ pills and supplements daily. How she keeps track I’ll never know. Some she takes multiple times per day, others she takes once in the AM or once in the PM… it’s crazy!
Check out this brief video that explains a bit more about the Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager app.
I love that the app sends you alerts when a loved one fails to take their medication on time. This is especially helpful when you have an elderly parent or grandparent that might be a bit forgetful when it comes to taking their medications.
Each day that you take all your medications a donation will be made to one of three charities too. It’s a win-win situation.
Tomorrow (January 16, 2014) there is going to be a special Twitter party about the application as well as sharing tips for a healthy New Year. In addition there will be great prizes given away.
The Twitter party is going to start at 1:00 PM (EST)/12:00 PM (CST)/10:00 AM (PST).
The hashtag for the party is #Care4Today.
To join in on the conversation (and win great prizes) please RSVP to the party at http://twtvite.com/Care4TodayNewYear.
Prizes: We will randomly award five prizes throughout the party, from all eligible correct responses to trivia questions. Each prize includes a $50 VISA gift card and a Vera Bradley pill case. (No purchase necessary. Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States + D.C. 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. For official rules, click here.)
The Hosts are @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
I’ll be co-hosting along with several other wonderful bloggers.
I hope to see you there!
*I have partnered with The Motherhood to bring you this Twitter party. Although compensation for my participation all opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.