Taking a break from painting my vitamins...

Discussion in 'Vitamins & Labs' started by Spiky Bugger, Mar 25, 2018.

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    Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    ...not a typo.

    Years ago, I told a social worker that I distributed my mom's meds into a weekly pill case. Social worker asked what my mom would do if the pills fell out of the case. Hmmm...

    So I'm sitting here arranging MY pills and dealing with, again, the fact that my Vitamin D looks like my Vitamin E which looks like my Vitamin K. Large-ish gelatin capsules containing white powder. All the same size and probably the same shade of white.

    I thought about watercolor markers to mark and identify them. Not non-toxic.

    So food coloring. The Vitamin D label is mostly purple, so purple food coloring. The Vitamin K label has orange, so orange food coloring. Unfortunately, the Vitamin E is both orange and purple! So I'll "paint" (really just a tiny drop) those green and put a green label on that bottle.

    It will especially help with leftover "missed" pills. I knew what I put INTO the case, but don't know what's sitting there after the fact. This might help you, too. BTW, it takes a long time for the food coloring to dry.
     
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    Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    Actually, I think I'll leave the Vit E unpainted.
     
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    DianaCox

    DianaCox Bad Cop

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    I can barely bear to set up my pills every 4 weeks. I can't imagine taking the time to paint the pills and wait for them to dry before dispensing them too. And try to be REALLY REALLY CAREFUL that I don't drop the pill boxes.

    I'm already annoyed that I now have to THINK about taking pills 5-6 times a day instead of two. My GI doc insists that my Protonix needs to be taken half an hour before breakfast and dinner, instead of with the rest of my pills that I take after breakfast and just before bed. I found my iPhone had a way to set a twice a day alarm to prompt good sleep hygiene by going to bed and waking up on a schedule, so my phone now thinks I wake up at 7 AM and go to bed at 6 PM. Plus I take my thyroid pill in the middle of the night. Plus I have a new nausea medication that I take BEFORE I take my nighttime meds, which for some reason try to come back up in the middle of the night.

    My next challenge is trying to figure out how to make sure I have or can get a full 2.5 - 3 months of medication in advance, before we leave on our ~2 month summer RV trip, including the ones that are only doled out every 30 days or every 24 days (yes, my stupid insurance only will pay for 18 of the anti-nausea pills every 24 days, despite my doctor saying I need to take every night).
     
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    Munchkin

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    I am not as precise as you are! Not as patient either!
     
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    southernlady

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    I leave mine in the damned bottles!
     
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    JackieOnLine

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    seems like there should be an easier way!! o_O hope you are at least enjoying yourself :painting:
     
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    k9ophile

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    Can't you just mark then with food based markers? A little dot has to be easier than painting the whole thing. Or if you want to be totally obsessed and anal. buy empty capsules in all kinds of colors and transfer from clear to colored. I'm retired, I'd have time to do that actually. My life is pitiful. LOL
     
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    Spiky Bugger

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    "Painting" was an exaggeration. It was dots of food coloring applied with a tiny brush.
     
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    Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    You are also not as old. Wait until you reach senility.
     
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    Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    No! I hate doing my pills!

    But I like your little artist emoji.
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2018
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    RayD

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    Saw this thread and thought these might be useful.

     
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    Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    Yes! Thank you!
     
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    k9ophile

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    LOL! One would think as much as I exaggerate, I'd recognize it by others. I must exaggerate a million times a day.
     
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