Category Archives: diabetes

Heading Back to School with Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases among children. For parents of children with diabetes getting ready for the upcoming school year not only means buying school supplies such as backpacks, pencil, notebook, etc. but also diabetes supplies to keep their children safe at school and during school events.

Here are steps you can take to keep your children safe:

1. Notify the school right away if your child has diabetes.
2. Develop a Diabetes Medical Management Plan.
3. Meet with your child school nurse to go over your child health plan.
4. Have a low blood sugar rescue box “Low Box” (items to bring blood glucose levels into range). It will hold anything from juice boxes to fruit snacks to diabetes supplies, i.e., glucose meter, test strips, glucagon pen and lancing device, etc.
5. Be an active member of the school health team.

 

The American Diabetes Association has a “Safe at School” webinar.

Register for the Back-to-School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes held Thursday, August 10th, 2017!
Click here to register: https://cc.callinfo.com/registration/#/?meeting=1k4dpjva34elf&campaign=1v1a6xhga6hc4

 

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A Case of Iritis

It’s a scary situation when one day you can barely open your eye and when you did, all you can feel is pain. Not only was it painful but also your eye looks like it had been lit on fire. This was a scary thing that happened to me. I had no clue what had happened to my eye.  I did what every typical person would do I called my doctor. I went to urgent care and was diagnosed with Irisits. What the heck is Iritis? In simple terms it’s inflammation located at the iris of the eye. When the iris is inflamed, white blood cells (leukocytes) are shed into the anterior chamber of the eye where they can be observed on slit lamp examination floating in the convection currents of the aqueous humor (http://www.iritis.org/index.php). The doctor told me Iritis could develop from an autoimmune disease or spontaneously happen. In my situation it was spontaneous. For the first few weeks of treatment he gave me two eye drops to take Cyclopentolate Hydrochloride Ophthalmic (dilating solution to prevent scaring) and Predinisolone Acetate (steroids to reduce inflammation). It was imperative I take my steroids drop every hour and my dilating drops every 4hrs. Remembering to take these drops was a challenge for me with my busy schedule. I had to find a solution to my non-compliance. I found the e-pill Multi-Alarm TimeCap http://www.epill.com/eyemed.html to be very useful. Not only did it carry my eye drops it reminded me to take and told me when I last used the drops. Who would have thought a tiny little pill bottle would keep me on track with my Iritis medication drops.

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What will the cost be for Mom’s or Dad’s automatic medication dispenser?

Helping your parents manage his/her medication can be a challenging task to take on. Taking their medications correctly and on time is crucial to maintaining a healthy life.

The current system you have set-up probably entails you to sit down with them once a week to sort the different pills they take. You probably call them daily to tell them “Mom/Dad take the blue, white, red, pill at this time now…. etc.”

More pills mean more confusion on when and how to take them, especially when they are prescribed medications. The consequences of taking too much or the wrong kind can be deadly.

There are many solutions to helping them take the right meds at the right time. There are pillboxes, timers, watches, and your daily phone call, etc.

What’s the fix for this dilemma?

An e-pill automatic medication dispenser can help your mom/dad manage their medications. It will offer you some sort of comfort that they are taking their medication correctly and on time. Having a dependable system will minimize the risk of your mom or dad taking his/her medication incorrectly, which can cause harm.

e-pill offers four different types of automatic dispensers:

  1. e-pill MD1 MedTime XL (SKU 991019) $289.95
  • Dispenses meds up to 28 times per day.
  • Reminds you with a visual and loud 60 minutes alarm.

http://www.epill.com/medtime.html

  1. e-pill MD2 MedSmart  (SKU 993109) $489.95
  • Dispenses meds up to 6 times per day.
  • Large digital display and programming buttons
  • Loud audio and visual alarm.
  • Early dose button.
  • AC powered docking base.

http://www.epill.com/medsmart.html

  1. e-pill MD2 PLUS MedSmart MONITORED (SKU 994019) $789.95
  • Dispenses meds up to 6 times per day.
  • Loud audio and visual alarm.
  • Early dose button.
  • Remote Event Monitoring. Alerts caregivers if meds have been missed. MedSmart PLUS calls your cell or regular phone, send a text message or email notification if meds have not been taken within 60 minutes of the scheduled alarm time.
  • NO MONTHLY FEES associated with Remote Event Monitoring
  • Dispenses meds up to 4 times per day. Fill weekly.
  • Tamper Proof (for patients who are trying to get to the medication before it is time.)
  • Secure and refillable plastic medication cassette for easy loading.
  • Alarm and text message reminders displayed on LCD.
  • Alarm sounds continuously until the pills are removed.
  • Adjustable audio alarm.

http://www.epill.com/medsmartplus.html

  1. e-pill MD3 Tamperproof CompuMed (SKU 992033) $844.95
  • Dispenses meds up to 4 times per day. Fill weekly.
  • Tamper Proof (for patients who are trying to get to the medication before it is time.)
  • Secure and refillable plastic medication cassette for easy loading.
  • Alarm and text message reminders displayed on LCD.
  • Alarm sounds continuously until the pills are removed.
  • Adjustable audio alarm.

http://www.epill.com/compumed.html

e-pill offers FREE SHIPPING and handling, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, and a 1 year warranty on all of our medication reminders.

Diabetes Management: Tips To Help Your Kids

When you learn that your child has diabetes it can be very overwhelming. To keep your child’s disease under control, it is important to follow a routine and monitor their prescriptions carefully. Read the tips below to help avoid medication errors and keep your child feeling good.
  •  Get medication instructions written out from the doctor.
  •  Keep medication all in one place.
  • Make a list of all the medications your child takes and why they take each drug.
  • Use some form of a reminder device to help remember when to administer your child’s medication.
  • Don’t let your child take their medication on their own; always make  sure they are following the directions correctly.
  • Understand insulin dosing. 
  •  Learn ways to manage low blood sugar through diet and exercise.
  • Create a diabetes management plan with the school your child attends.
Keeping the lines of communication open with friends, family, and school teachers is important when it comes to diabetes treatment. Also remember that children like to be involved in the planning and treatment of their diabetes. Make sure you are always educating them about the importance of dealing with the disease and working together will make it all the easier.  

"Save Yourself from Reminding or Texting Mom or Dad Everyday"

Do you think it’s not a big deal to help manage your parent’s medication? Think again! According to the American Society on Aging and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist Foundation there are
125, 000 deaths each year due to medication non adherence.

Medication nonadherence can be a major problem for any age group, especially to your parents who are prescribed multiple medications due to health conditions. The health consequences are extremely harmful or even deadly.

In an effort to improve medication adherence you, as their son or daughter will organize medications using simple pillboxes and contacting them daily via phone to make sure they’re taking their medications on time.
This daily task can be overwhelming for both yourself and for your parent. This task can overtake your life. From the perspective of your parent, it may seem that you do not trust or feel they are competent to manage their own medications.
As a solution there are several companies offering many different types of reminder devices such as watches, pillboxes with timers and automatic pill dispensers. One unique item e-pill, LLC is offering what is called the CADEX 12-Alarm Medication & Medical ID watch.

The e-pill CADEX 12-Alarm Medication & Medical ID watch not only reminds the user up to 12 daily times, but it will also show a text message for each alarms (up to 36 characters per alarm).
Another unique feature of the e-pill CADEX watch is the “Medical ID.” The watch will allow users to store vital information such as:

  • Name and phone number
  • Medical information (Parkinson’s, diabetes, asthma, dialysis patient, etc.)
  • Emergency contact and phone
  • List of medications, blood type, date of birth
  • Doctor name & phone
  • Insurance company & policy number.
The e-pill CADEX watch medical ID databank stores critical health information similar to the medical ID bracelets. Simply press the ALERT button and all your medical information will be shown.
Have “piece of mind” with the e-pill CADEX 12-Alarm Medication and Medical ID Watch.