I was reading Mutiny on the Body and they had a great posts about doctors visits. One thing they mentioned was to keep a journal. This is the best idea and something I have been doing for about a year now. If it wasn’t for my journal I’d be lost!
Here is what I keep in mine:
Diagnosis – I don’t remember half of what is wrong with me unless it is bothering me at the time. I put it all in this section with the dates of when I was diagnosed.
Tests – The doctors always want to know when you had and MRI or x-ray. I keep a record of the type of test, the date and where I had it so if they need the results they know where to find it.
Surgeries – I’ve only had a few simple ones so this one is easy. Remembering the dates is not!
Medications – I keep my list of all my meds that I’m on with the dosage and the date I started them. If I go off that med I just put an “X” by it. This way I know what I have tried, what worked and didn’t work.
Doctors – It’s much easier having all my doctor information in place. It makes it so much easier to make appointments or get my referrals.
Allergies – As I’m getting older this list has gotten a tiny bit larger. It seems I’m developing allergies to things that I have taken all my life.
Appointments – This part is a life saver!!! I keep all my appointments here so I don’t forget and check them off when I’ve gone.
Family History – This is great when visiting a new doctor.
Diary – I keep this part so I know when something started and how bad it was on certain days. The doctors always want to know specifics. Gosh!
Keeping my journal has made life so much easier. I carry it to every doctors appointment that I have. I don’t have to keep up with appointment cards any more. The best part is when I am seeing a new doctor I have everything in one place when I have to fill out all the forms! It is also a great tool if there is an emergency. You family or friends will have all your information for the doctors. The last thing we need is stress in our lives and a journal helps cut out a little bit more. 🙂
Do you keep a journal? If so what do you put in yours?
Have a wonderful weekend!!!