“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
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.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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