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    PillDrill a Fun New Medication Management System

    “I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. ”


    PillDrill a Fun New Medication Management System

    Opening the Box

    I was never so excited to receive an acceptance from a campaign because I really really wanted to try the PillDrill.  It arrived very quickly from the time I was approved.  Due to illness, which is why a lot of my blog is about Chronic Invisible Illness, I didn’t pick up my mail for a few weeks.

    It was really easy to set up. Even my mom could set it up for herself if she wanted to.  I knew where I wanted to put the device portion and I had to clean up my nightstand in order to do so.  Nightstands and illness can be a dumping ground! Instead of plugging it into an outlet, I plugged it into my USB hub that has four ports in it.  Even with an iPhone, iPad, Fitbit all plugged in, the Pill Drill did not overload the hub.  The instructions said to let it charge for a couple hours so I left it alone and then set it up later in the day.

    Basic set up was EASY!  My mom is very technologically terrified and I know she could set it up. (Yes mom, you could!)  I downloaded the Pill Drill App to my iPhone.  It’s available for Android too.  I’ve just checked and you can download the app on your iPad as well.  I like to think I’m tech savvy and it was a breeze.

    Top: on my nightstand, Bottom Left: My previous mess of medications, Bottom Right: All organized for the week and all my morning pills showing in the pod

    I was worried that all my pills wouldn't fit into the pods but they do! Click To Tweet


    I was worried that all my pills wouldn’t fit into the pods but they do!  I take 12-15 in one full swoop first thing in the morning.  I didn’t put my nausea medications into the pods because I tend to take them earlier than my other medications most days.  I only used the one strip for a couple weeks and now I’m using one for the morning and one for bedtime.  I also have an alert set up for my bedtime medication more on that in a bit.


    Compatible with any type of health regimen.

    Keep your medication in its original packaging? Our scanning tags attach to pill bottles and irregularly shaped items alike. Use a weekly pill organizer? Ours was custom-built for superior ergonomics and compatibility.  There is no one size fits all with medication, so whatever the specifics of your regimen PillDrill has you covered.                                                                                source:  PillDrill


    There are a few things I’d like to see changed or upgraded somehow:

    • The light – there is no way to dim it completely
    • The Sound the unit makes to give you notifications – it gave me bad hospital memories.  I’d like to be able to change it somehow.  One of my two dogs absolutely went nuts at the sound, the other it didn’t bother her.
    • I think that the unit could be a bit smaller.
    • A way to keep the strips together for travel.

    What I loved:

    • Ease of use, unit, the app, the strips and pods.
    • The mood cube is seriously the best and a fun way to track your moods, how you’re feeling
    • The color is my favorite blue
    • The notifications on the app via my iPhone was perfect.

    What I didn’t use:

    • the scanning tags and holders


    Video courtesy of The PillDrill’s website

    Overall I loved the PillDrill and will keep on using it.  Its price is steep but with all inventions, you can hope if comes down. I didn’t travel anywhere so I don’t know how the strips and pods would fair in my hectic packing.  I happened to be at the hospital getting some tests done and my app let me know I needed my pills and I was able to pause them until I got home.  I can only think of what my poor dog Ranger was doing because he hated it and would let me know the second that it went off to turn it off.

    I hope you enjoyed my review of The PillDrill.


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    Where Oh Where I Have I Been?

    Where Oh Where I Have I Been?

    I haven’t written a proper blog since December.  I can only think that I haven’t felt like writing because of my depression.  I have always loved Christmas and the holiday season but since I’ve been battling with all these illnesses is the reason that I haven’t found my new normal.  I’m trying to find the balance but I don’t feel like I’m there yet. Christmas was an amazing time with my family.  We spent Christmas Eve at my mother-in-law’s and Christmas my mom, gram and mother-in-law came to our house.  I spent the next few days recovering because I should have napped both days but I pushed my body too much.

    I finally saw a neurologist just before Christmas.  He spent almost an hour doing the check up and prescribed a medication that I had to try before my insurance would pay for the botox.  The botox will be in three spots on my head.  I’ve also been referred for two MRI’s of my head, back and hips.  The hope is that they can do both of the MRI’s together so I don’t have to go into the machine twice.  I am claustrophobic so two tests won’t be fun for me. March 6th will mark the first and hopefully my only MRI but I know I can handle two being mildly sedated for them at the very least.



    I posted this on my New Year’s Post but I don’t make “resolutions” as I will always break them.  I will list some things I’m going to work on doing better, (working on) though:

    • budgeting – meal planning, cut back on spending (subscription boxes)
    • blog on a sort of set schedule for me – sponsored blogs yeah they get done but personal ones go on the back burner
    • walking and yoga – again it’s not something that I can schedule but I’d like to have someone walk with me with the pupalups and get to yoga once a week
    • keep getting better rest and sleep – it has improved but the painsomnia can’t be helped
    • not feel guilty for what I can’t do – that’s a hard one but working on it every day
    • try to get my nails in order, take medications on time (more on that in a couple months)
    • get to the dentist to get the work the work that needs to be done.


    Today is Family Day in my province of Ontario, Canada.  It’s a relatively new holiday created so there was a day off between Christmas and Easter.  It’s February 20th and it’s already 48 degrees out.  My dogs aren’t complaining about wanting back in after two seconds outside.  We had record high temperatures on Saturday.

    On Saturday, I finally received the call from the pain clinic.  I have my two appointments. The first is approximately 1.5 hours with twelve pages of documents to fill out.  The second appointment is about two hours.  She asked if the dates would work and I said, no matter what I’d work it out because I’ve been waiting for these for almost a year.

    I hope you’ll grab a cuppa tea and continue on this journey with me.


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    Where will you go?

    Collage, Sauble Beach, The Grotto, Camping, Woodland Park, Kidlets, Sauble Falls 
    What is your dream travel place?

    Where does your heart long to go?  

    Once you’ve travelled to one place that you’ve fallen in love with you want to go more and more.  For our family that is Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada.

    In Sauble, we just find it so relaxing with no schedules other than the pupalups telling us when it’s food time.  Over the years of camping in Sauble Beach our trailers have grown up with us.  We started camping with what we lovingly refer to as the “Flintstone’ trailer.  It was a Citationette, not even big enough to to be a full citation.  Those first few years of camping, the older kidlets were in a 2-room tent and the baby was in a playpen. Next we upgraded to a HUGE “bunk room” trailer that would sleep 9 if we needed it.  If I think back eighteen years I think we had the big trailer our first year in Sauble Beach.  The kidlets were 12, 9, 3 and 9 months.  We camped with our friends for several years and the six kids all played together through the years.  Our oldest hated camping and still hates it but the other three love camping with our oldest boy has his own pop up and our two youngest are going tent camping with friends this year.  Our oldest’s last trip was with us to Disney in 2002 but with six people and Florida’s 4 people maximum we would never had been able to afford Disney otherwise.  We stayed there for a week and the Fort Wilderness campground was one of the best we have ever been too.  We have to say though that we feel we belong in Sauble.  I think after 18 years of going to the same place you start to feel like a summer local.

    We upgraded to a brand new but two year old trailer once the older two weren’t going all the time with us.  We had built in bunk beds and a futon type couch that was the only slide out.  That worked well until the two youngest outgrew the bunks.  Then we got a larger trailer and the kidlets had their own “bunk room” and I loved it because I could close the door to their mess.  Then my hubby got his Harley and I saw that our trailer dealer had the perfect trailer for us.  We got it just before we had our annual trip to Sauble Beach.  We went and exchanged our “not so old” trailer for the new “older model” trailer that we still have.  Our first trip was with my daughter and our wonderful exchange student from Thailand.  Then our boys came up with my awesome niece and my future daughter in law.  It was a great adventure.  We had to do all the tourist stuff for Sandy because well she was new to the camping thing and really it’s more like glamping now for us.  The trailer has our own bathroom and the back room has a half bath.  We tell the kids that showers are down at the public showers.

    My Collage of Sauble Beach Memories

    I’ve been to Cuba, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Jamaica twice, London, Paris, Lido de Jeselo, Venice, Verona, Assisi, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Curacao and all over the United States with more to explore but my Happy Place is in my hammock with a book, glass of wine in Sauble Beach, Ontario.  

    Where is your Hapy Place? Mine is a hammock, in Sauble Beach.

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