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!!
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.