I Didn't Know Bottles Could Talk

SHUT the front door! Are you kidding me? WHY has no one told me about this?? I have been legally blind for almost 3 years and I’m just now finding out about these! This blind find needs to be shared!!

What the hell am I ranting about? 

TalkingRxPic Talking RX bottles, that’s what! Prescription bottles that talk to you! This sure would’ve come in handy for me a few months ago. Here’s the story. I mistakenly took a muscle relaxant instead of a Motrin, (ibuprofen). Whoopsie! Oh, did I mention that I had already drank a couple glasses of wine before I popped that pill? I’m not gonna go into the gory details… but, I ended up with bruises, broken fingers, and the IKEA chair clearly lost the fight. I made sure that wooden bitch won’t be tripping anybody, ever again! My point is, this might not have happened if I had a talking Rx bottle…or used an umm, magnifier. Yeah, yeah, I made a blind rookie mistake! Don’t judge.

Currently, I manage my prescriptions by sound and feel.  I get a feel for the size/shape of the bottle. I take note of the sound the pills make when I shake it…”shake it real good, da dada dah da dah…” sorry…and, I will feel the size/shape of the pill to confirm the medication. You can also avoid doing all that detective work by simply using a magnifier (or CCTV) to read the labels. (There are a few other tricks of the trade, like rubber bands, bump-dots, or a “Pen friend” system to identify your bottles. I don’t use those, so I’m not going to talk about them.) Figuring out medications is not that big of a deal for me. I don’t take a shit ton of meds!!  Please keep in mind, that what works for me, may not work for you. Do what’s best for your level of vision and medication situation!

*If you are having trouble getting talking bottles from your local pharmacy or big chain drug store… Here is another option! June Robbins of En-Vision America was kind enough to give me information about ScripTalk.  ScripTalk accessible prescription labels are available across the US and Canada for FREE through En-Vision America’s Pharmacy Freedom program. You can get talking labels, large print or Braille. Just ask your pharmacist for ScripTalk or search for a pharmacy in your area here:  http://envisionamerica.com/ourpharmacies  or you can call 1-800-890-1180 to find a pharmacist in your area.

Now for a little fun… I decided to make a short video to demonstrate more of what I’m talking about here.
Hit play and check it out!

Vision loss

7 Comments on “I Didn't Know Bottles Could Talk

  1. I agree – you should be a daily vlogger on You Tube 🙂 And that shouldn’t be only for the hearing impaired – I ended up in the ER once because I had slowly OD’d on my heart meds. My doctor changed my script, and I put my new dose right next to my old dose, and was taking BOTH for several days. Egads! Anyway, I’m glad you found such a helpful gadget. Does the pharmacy charge you for it? Hugs – Mel.

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  2. Hi Maria, this is Adeleh. The artist/ophthalmologist if you recall 😉 Just wanted to say that you are adorable and your blog is one of a kind. I look forward to finishing our “beach painting project” 🙂

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  3. HI Maria! Just watched your video and love your enthusiasm! If you’re interested in options, ScripTalk accessible prescription labels are available across the US and Canada for FREE through En-Vision America’s Pharmacy Freedom program. You can get talking labels, large print or Braille. Just ask your pharmacist for ScripTalk or search for a pharmacy in your area here: http://envisionamerica.com/ourpharmacies or you can call 1-800-890-1180 to find a pharmacist in your area.

    All the best, June

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    • Hi June,
      Believe it or not, I just had a friend ask if these talking bottles were available in Canada!! Thank You so much for the information. I will definitely be passing it along AND adding the info to this blog! xx

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      • Amazing! Thank you very much for being an advocate and talking about accessible prescription labels!

        All the best. June

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