Smart Technology Helps Me Outsmart Scleroderma – Scleroderma News

With medications, doctors’ appointments, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there’s no way I could remember it all if I didn’t have reminders. Most days I’m lucky if I remember to grab my car keys the first time I walk out of the house.

I’ve come to rely on smart technology to simplify some challenges of my chronically ill life. Honestly, I would need a personal assistant to follow me around if it weren’t for smart technology.

Synced calendars

I love my calendar app on my smartphone. Besides the obvious, my favorite part is being able to sync it with my husband’s. That means we can see and add events to the same calendar.

My husband and I use the synced feature to remind each other of daily schedules. Whether it’s a doctor’s appointment or picking up laundry detergent, everything gets added to our calendar. This handy tool keeps us on task. There’s even a feature where we can set alerts, so no one forgets anything important.

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Without our calendar, I’m positive we would have forgotten to pick up a kid at some point. I’ve definitely been saved a few times by a “pick up Chloe at soccer” alert that popped up on my phone.

My BFF, Alexa

There are so many smart devices available now. I don’t claim to know the best ones, but I can speak on how Amazon’s devices help me.

No matter how much I love my calendar, I try very hard to stay disconnected from my phone when I’m at home. Instead, I rely on the Echo Dot’s Alexa feature to remind me to take my pills and to alert me when I should leave for an appointment. I just have to remember to name the timers. It definitely frazzles me when the reminder tune starts playing, but I can’t remember what it’s for.

Apps to maintain checklists

I remember my college dorm room having colorful sticky notes all over my walls, little notes to remind me to mail a bill or email a professor.

Back then, my notes weren’t as important as they are today. These days, if I forget to pack my medications for an overnight trip, I will suffer and possibly risk health setbacks. So I’ve forgone the sticky note strategy and replaced them with digital note apps. As long as my phone stays charged, notes don’t get lost under piles of clutter.

Currently, I have two notes pinned to the front page of my phone. One is a list of questions to ask my doctors and the other’s a checklist of everything I need to pack for an upcoming trip. Since I’ll be away at the tail end of winter (March), I can’t forget things like my insulated gloves.

Smart home devices

I’m still learning about smart home technology, but I’ve started to find ways it helps me when my body doesn’t want to cooperate.

We installed a smart lock on our front door, and it’s helped in ways I hadn’t even considered. I’ll be honest, I originally bought it because I thought it was cool to ditch the keys. But this convenient device has saved me during my worst …….



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