Tips About Taking Your Medications


According to Health Daily News almost half of American adults infected with HIV don’t take medications that can prevent them from developing AIDS, a new government report shows. Adhering to taking your HIV medication properly is important. If you don’t this can mean that HIV has a chance to change and become resistant to the anti-HIV drugs you are taking. It might also mean that your HIV becomes resistant to anti-HIV drugs similar to the ones you are taking.

Taking your HIV drugs properly means:

  • Taking all the doses of your drugs. If you miss doses, this gives HIV a chance to become resistant.
  • Taking your doses at the right time. If you take your medicine too early or too late it can be as bad as missing doses completely.
  • Making sure you take your medicines in the right way. Some medicines need to be taken with food for them to work, but others need to be taken on an empty stomach. If you take your pills in the wrong way it can mean that you don’t absorb enough of them to fight HIV, risking resistance.
  • Making sure you don’t take other drugs or medicines that interfere with your body’s ability to process your HIV treatment. Always tell your HIV doctor about any other medicines you are taking. It’s also a good idea to tell your doctor about any recreational drugs you are taking

So, given this information I researched ways to help individuals take their medications. I stumbled upon this app called iDiary Meds.

The iDiary is a useful tool to help remind you to take your medicine on time. Once activated and set, a gentle reminder will be sent to you when it’s time to take your medication. You will be reminded of the drug and dosage on the days, and at the time you need to take them. You can add multiple medications and once you come off them you can archive them.
The app also has a reminder facility for your next hospital appointment. Put in your details and you will be reminded 24 hours before the appointment, then again 3 hours before and at the actual time.

We know that sometimes you might want to keep your medication a secret, so the reminder message is very discreet and there is also a pin code facility to ensure only you can activate the app.

Check it out!


Bettendorf Place Celebrates Easter with a Little Egg Painting

Jesus came to earth,
To show us how to live,
How to put others first,
How to love and how to give.

Then He set about His work,
That God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself;
He made us clean and new.

He could have saved Himself,
Calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin;
He paid it out of love.

Our Lord died on Good Friday,
But the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn
That fills our hearts with joy.

Now we know our earthly death,
Like His, is just a rest.
We’ll be forever with Him
In heaven, where life is best.

So we live our lives for Jesus,
Think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Savior; Thank you Lord.
Help us love like you!

MLK Day of Service

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Bettendorf Place VISTA took a day to Volunteer at the 8th Annual MLK Youth Literacy Fair held at the Northwestern Conference located in West Town. The fair allowed the youth of the community to interact, learn, and have fun while exploring different aspects of literacy through book reading, games, crafts and more! Hundreds of youth arrived excited and ready to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. At the end of the day the kids left with big smiles and big bags of books and crafts they made.