Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Dose Keeper: Medicine Tracker for Errant Spouses
Dose Keeper is a low-tech solution for tracking medication doses. It’s one of the few new products shown at this year’s ABC Kids Expo that doesn’t make my eyes roll (although its website does cause nausea with prolonged use).
So, suppose your toddler is sick and you’ve been dosing him with X medication. Come nighttime, it’s a gamble whether it’s you or your spouse who gets up the next time your kid moans.
When was his last dose? Did you sleep through your spouse dosing him last? Should you wake your spouse and trust the groggy answer?
The Dose Keeper consists of a small time chart you affix to a medicine bottle and then write the date and time you administered the dose. The rotation of our planet is noted by circling "a.m." or "p.m."
You can also write the name of the medication and its active ingredient on the chart if you wish.
The chart sits inside a flexible plastic holder which wraps around
the bottle via an elastic strap. A miniature golf-style pencil is
included that attaches to the holder as well.
Each holder carries 10 sheets allowing for a total of 50 dose recordings.
All this can be yours, in one of seven fashion colors, for a mere $4.30. The Retail Illuminati apparently failed to
alert the inventor that all prices shall end in .95 or .99. Oh well.
In our home, we devised an equally low-tech solution. No $150 electronic gadgets.
We bought a small magnet-backed dry erase board
for our fridge from an office supply store. (The magnets are wimpy, so
I glued more powerful ones to the backside.)
In the corner we drew a
chart of medicine names, their dosages and their time intervals. A
water-soluble marker was used so the chart wouldn’t accidentally get
Then, we stored the medicine in the kitchen and anytime a parent
fixed up a dose, the time got written on the board with a dry erase
pen. Bonus: we still use most of the board’s space to compile our
grocery list throughout the week.
So dear Thinga-readers, what’s your system for tracking medicine? Or
are you blessed with a lazy spouse so you never have to worry about