Bob is 'movin on up' with his pill taking. He now takes pills twice a day rather than all at bedtime as he's done for years. This has thrown things into a crisis. He does not like change, and above all not when it involves his medications.
At first I kept the pills he takes in the morning because his diuretic was in that group and I didn't want him in charge of that. He was never happy with this arrangement and soon whisk those medications away to his bedroom. I decided it was time for a new pill box that allowed for pills twice a day.
This morning I introduced the new pill box. As my father used to say, he looked at it "like a calf looking at a new gate." It was down hill after that.
The a.m. & p.m. system did not compute with him. I haven't seen a pill box labeled 'morning & night.' Then he took a pink marker and colored the top of the lids for the pills he takes in the morning. To add to the confusion, he takes two of one pill in the morning, and only one pill in the morning of another but takes it again at night. It was totally too much for him. I typed sheets giving him guidance but it was to no avail.
I went on to tidy up the house and left him to ponder the situation. After a while he asked me to check to see if he'd done it right. He had reversed the a.m. & p.m. Pills were all opposite where they should have been. I thought about just leaving it but was afraid later the a.m. & p.m. labels would click with him and he'd take the wrong meds. Perhaps we're going to have to go with blue and purple instead.
I could save him all that stress by filling the pill box myself but that is one task he is hanging onto come what may. He has no intention of letting me fill it.
Lately I dread to see him coming with his pill bottles because I know we're both going to be stressed before the task is finished.