Review – Pill Suite

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Tired of carrying around pill bottles and pill boxes? I know have been in the past. This is where PillSuite comes in.

PillSuite is a system that allows you to sort your pills into biodegradable bags that are easy to use. The system comes with a sorter, a sealer, batteries, and biodegradable bags when you buy one of their kits. The sorter allows you to sort seven sections/days worth of pills at a time. You put them in the “hopper” portion of the sorter and it has a funnel attached to it. This makes it a lot easier to get the pills into the bags!

After they’re in the bags the sealer then seals them. It’s really easy to use. You just line the bag up and push a button on top to seal it. The system reminds me a lot of my Food Saver, only it doesn’t suck all of the air out of the bags. It just uses heat to seal them. After they’ve been sealed they’re ready to go!

PillSute also made sure that there is space on the bags that allow you to write on them. This will come in handy for me if I ever have to go back on Prednisone(fingers crossed I don’t flare anytime soon!). It will make things a lot easier for me when I have to taper off of it. This system would be an advantage to anyone who has to taper off of any pill medication. You could set everything up as soon as you get back from the pharmacy! It would save you a lot of guess work while you’re tapering. Another advantage of being able to write on them is that you can write AM/PM on them, people’s names, what it contains, etc.

These nifty little bags will also come in handy on short trips or pills that need to be taken while I’m at work. I look forward to being able to use them while I’m camping or when I have to go out of town for a few days. If I have to be out of town for a few weeks I probably won’t use the bags. It would just be easier to travel with the bottle at that point, depending on what I need to take with me.

One thing I did find about these PillSuite bags is that if you have gummy vitamins they do become stale and chewier after a while. This is because the bag has a perforated edge to make it easier to open them when you’re reading to take your pills. I would not recommend doing more than 3 or 4 days at a time with gummy vitamins in these bags. Unless you don’t mind them becoming chewier and then, by all means, do your full stay!

In the end, I definitely recommend PillSuite. Their product is pretty good and it doesn’t cost a whole to get started($29.95). The refills on the bags are also reasonable! $7.95 for 400 bags isn’t bad at all! It’s available here on Amazon and also on the PillSuite site.

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Review – Luxe Bidet Neo 185

“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. “

Picture Provided by Luxe Bidet
Picture Provided by Luxe Bidet

I’ve always wanted to try a bidet. I have heard good things about them from other people with IBD. I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to review the Luxe Bidet Neo 185.

The Neo 185 was fairly simple to install. I did have some problems hooking up the T joint to my tank because of how stiff the hose that went from my wall to the toilet tank. Once I got that installed things went very smoothly. I do need to get some plumbers tape to put on it. It did leak a little. I think that because of how stiff one of the pipes is, it’s causing too much tension on the T joint and causing it to leak. I meant to get some plumbers tape this past weekend but I forgot.

When I first used the bidet it was a little shocking to have cold water spraying on my butt! I do wish that there was a temperature control or something on this but I’ve gotten somewhat used to the cold water. It’s definitely helped some with the butt burn when I’m having a bad day IBD wise. I’m definitely going to be glad I have this the next time I’m in a flare.

The bidet does not get you perfectly clean. I still have to wipe some, but not as much as I used to. The water from the bidet definitely helps! One thing to keep in mind is to not  turn the dial to full blast the first time you use it! Try a lower setting to see where the water pressure is for it and adjust from there.

This bidet also has a self-cleaning feature which is pretty nifty! There is also a setting for the ladies. I haven’t really used it. I’m more interested in a bidet for my behind. But for the women who are looking for a bidet that also takes care of the lady bits, this is a great option for you.

If you’re interested in a bidet please check out the Luxe Bidet website.

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Have Food Allergies/Intolerances/Diet Restrictions? Check Out the DineSafe App!

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Disclosure: “This is a sponsored post for DineSafe App. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

 

DineSafe is a new app that recently come out to help people find food they can eat at restaurants, even if they have very specific diet restrictions. It is a free app to use for both the user and the restaurant. It is currently available on Android and iPhones. It works off of your phone’s GPS to find the restaurants closest to you who have signed up for DineSafe. I love that it works off of GPS. This feature will be very handy for me especially when I travel. It would be nice to know what restaurants in the area I’m staying have food that I can eat before I get there or have to spend time trying to find their menu online.

This app will allow people to find what foods they can and cannot eat so they don’t always have to download nutritional menus for the places that they want to eat. I know I’ve had to do that in the past for places I’ve wanted to go to. Like Subway or McDonald’s. Although, getting that kind of information from a restaurant isn’t always easy. And it can be time consuming. This is where DineSafe steps in.

My diet restrictions are for fructose malabsorption. Currently there isn’t an option for fructose(I really hope that there is soon!) but I can say that I can’t have tomatoes, onions and MSG. They also have some of the other common allergies listed like milk, gluten, shellfish, peanuts, ect.

They also have eight different diets you can choose from:

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DineSafe Diet Restrictions

After you have chosen what your allergen and diet restrictions are you can then start looking for restaurants in your area. Currently there aren’t any restaurants where I live that use this app but I was able to see how it would work by looking up a couple of restaurants in Florida and Oregon.

As you can see it makes it very easy to see what you can and can’t have. The color codes also let you see if the dish can be modified so you can still have it. If the item isn’t highlighted with red or yellow it means that it contains none of the restrictions that you have listed. Yellow means that they can take the item that you can’t have out(ie, tomato or onion). The red means that the ingredient in the dish, like tomato, can’t be taken out.

A new feature that came out this week is that you can petition and endorse restaurants in your area to join DineSafe. I have created petitions for two restaurants in my area. I hope that they join soon! I have a lot of high hopes for this app and I feel that it would be an amazing tool for people to use. I highly encourage people to download it and use it in their area even if there aren’t any restaurants currently using it. You can still create petitions to try and encourage them to sign up. The more of us that use it the greater the success this app will be.