Sunday 20 October 2019

Managing medication

Eileen Kinsella, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, has a lot of tablets to manage. She told Conor Cullen about the pack system she uses to keep track of her meds

Eileen Kinsella at home in Courtown, Co Wexford 'I TAKE a lot of tablets,' said Eileen Kinsella. The 76-year-old from Courtown, Co Wexford, suffers from Parkinson's disease and she also managed her husband William's medication before he passed away two years ago.

'I was sorting out all his meds as he wasn't very well for a long time before he died. I did his injections and everything,' said Eileen.

Back then she wasn't able to avail of a blister pack system like MyMed, which she now gets her own prescriptions filled in at the Unicarepharmacy in Gorey.

'If I had been able to use something like this when I was caring for my husband it would have made life a lot easier for me then too – and I can say that from the heart,' said Eileen.

'They are all packed up and ready for me now when I go in. It takes the hassle out of it for me. My hands get very stiff at times – one of them shakes like anything too, it's unreal. I find the containers very easy to use and at a glance I can tell if I have taken my tablets, which also makes my life a lot less stressful,' said Eileen.

'I changed over chemists when I heard about it actually. My injections are the only thing I get in boxes now,' she added.

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