There were a couple of mix-ups when Tony took the wrong medication at the wrong time, or not at all. It was simply too scary.
“Here are four small containers with your pills, Tony. The tops are easy to unscrew. The blue one is for Breakfast, the green one for Lunch, the red one for Supper, and the see-through one is for Night time.” I sorted his pills and put them in the appropriate holder, and marked B, L, S, and N on the lids with white liquid correction fluid.
Tony also had an angina patch which he had to put on in the morning and take off at night – sometimes he forgot to put it on, sometimes he forgot to take it off, and once in a while he would have two on at a time without removing either. The medication dispensed through his skin, and an overdose could be complicated.
Eventually, in the fourth year after Tony’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, he couldn’t manage his prescriptions anymore, and I added that task to my own list of things to do today.