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Don’t Forget Your List of Medications!

Living with diabetes means that we go to our doctor’s appointments so that we can stay healthy. Living with diabetes also means that we most likely take medications and vitamins on a daily basis. Which of course means that when we go to our doctors’ appointments, we need to give our healthcare providers a list of said medications, vitamins and supplements.

OK, show of hands — how many times have you forgotten your list of medications and vitamins? I know I have forgotten multiple times, and instead of being embarrassed about it, I’ve learned from my forgetfulness and have come up with a few ways to prevent it from happening again.

Tips on how to remember your list of medications

  1. Keep a list of medications and vitamins in you glove compartment. I made such a list for my mom, who had type 2 diabetes and who didn’t have or want a smart phone. I typed up her medications list, and made copies that she kept in both wallet and in the glove compartment of her car. When she went to her appointment, her healthcare professionals would make copies of the original for their records and everybody was happy
  2. I’ve emailed myself a list of my medications/vitamins and can access it from my smart phone
  3. Speaking of smart phones the “Notes” section of your phone is a great place for your meds list
  4. Text yourself a list of your meds. And yes indeed, you can actually text your own phone number
  5. When all else fails, grab a pen and paper, write your meds list out, snap a picture of it with your phone and put the master in your wallet

Each and every one of us living with diabetes, or any other chronic illness for that matter, needs to be an empowered patient and advocate for our own health, and our loved ones.

Giving our healthcare providers an up-to-date list of our medications is one of the many ways we can do that!

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  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    1 year ago

    Those are some great ideas. I keep a copy of both my wife’s and mine in my wallet at all times and replace as needed when meds are added or deleted. She has a copy of hers and mine also in her wallet. But the ones you come up with seem very good also.

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