Just yesterday I was wondering if I took my pill already. I do that a lot. I need to use a pill box and then check to see what day it is and whether or not my pill for that day is gone.
I do use both Google Calendar and Yahoo Calendar reminder emails set to send out at 9am every day. I'm usually sitting at the computer so that works out well. But I had to make a plan to get up as soon as I see the email, take the pill, and then delete the email.
I seem to have a lot of short term memory issues and find that sometimes I get up, go to get the pill, realize my coffee needs warmed up so I can have something to swallow the pill with and I busy myself with refreshing my cup... only to find that I sit back down at the computer with a steaming cup of decaf and no pill.
I go back to checking email and see the pill reminder again. Then I sit there in a panic trying to rewind the DVR of my life to see if I took it or not, only to realize my life has no DVR or rewind button and what I see is that snow you get when you forget to pay the cable bill.
So, I now realize that the shots actually HAVE one up on the pill in the reminder category.
I never had to have a reminder email to do my shot. Not when I was on Copaxone, and not in the first part of this Phase III trial when I was *supposedly* injecting Avonex once a week but it turned out to be a healthy dose of IM water, no doubt. (I won't know until August, but I'm fairly certain I've been on fingolimod the whole time).
So, if I were sitting here wondering if I took my SHOT, I could just pat myself down until I found the sore, welted spot. The shot wins in the "I Know I Did It" department.
I think when I am done with the trial and go back to facing a choice in medications I'm pretty sure I'll opt for more email reminders or cellphone reminders or some other foolproof routine to use over the itchy, bruised, sore, welted shot reminder. True, it works well, but still.