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This Week's Carenote - 010308

Now that the New Year has come upon us, I have been pondering the best way to get my medical priorities in order. I have a number of doctors, medicines, appointments and so that I need to complete each week, month, and even daily. I live alone with two feline room mates, but in the case of an emergency, I thought I needed to have my information current for my son or daughter to be informed about. Is there a method or way that you can recommend for getting my New Year’s resolution of “getting organized” in place?

 
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name: Heather
location: Fresno, CA
Email: jandhbrackett@sbcglobal.net
Date: 03 Jan 2008

Comments

You could try a binder along the lines of a "Control Journal" or a medical notebook. Try www.flylady.net and search for her info on a Control Journal. Feel free to email if you'd like other web sites which feature different pages you can include in a Control Journal.


name: Freda Schildroth
location: Florida
Email: Freda_Schildroth@prodigy.net
Date: 03 Jan 2008

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I am Caregiver to 3 humans and 3 kitties. I write ALL appointments on a daily calendar. For all other important information, I use a large notebook which is visible at all times on the kitchen counter. On each side of the notebook is written in large letters "IN CASE OF EMERGENCY." My Notebook has information about household/repair as well as medical information and how to care for everything and everybody if I am unable to. In your case, there would only be 2 sections - one for you and one for the kitties. Notebook should include INDEX - short description of everything in the book. It should have labeled dividers for each section, and plastic protectors for each page of information . (1) IN CASE OF EMERGENCY - who to notify if you are unable to call someone and someone finds you. (2) CURRENT and COMPLETE LIST OF PRESCRIPTIONS and Over-The Counter Meds you take, how often, mg, etc. (keep updated as soon as a prescription changes) - instruct WHERE the medications are - pill box as well as extra medications (example: brown cabinet in dining room, etc.) (3) Page with ALL Doctors - Business Cards from each doctor/dentist annotated with WHY this medical professional is visited. (4) KITTY SECTION - Business Card for Vet, any special medications given to kitties, etc. MUST HAVE - How to take care of kitties - when to feed, how much food, etc. - When they go to vet and why, etc. Hope this helps.


name: Wendy Martin
location: Costa Mesa, CA
Email: wendylynnmartin@yahoo.com
Date: 03 Jan 2008

Comments

What works for me is pads of paper, I always try and make sure I've got a pad of paper around. You can buy them in packs of five or more and they sure come in handy. When all else fails, they're easy to use (since they've got cardboard on the back), and you can sit just about anywhere and use them when thoughts come in your mind. If you leave the pages intact on the pad even, then you won't be wasting time searching for pieces of paper. Other than that, people buy regular little calendar books and the like. Whatever works for you, my dear, and enjoy your feline friends. Also, you can leave your information on the refrigerator under a magnet for your family too. Surely you have charities sending you cute pads of paper in the mail, you can put appointment information, etc. like that, on the refrigerator weighed down with magnets.


name: Regina
location: Alabama
Email: panniqueen@yahoo.com
Date: 04 Jan 2008

Comments

Heather and Freda have offered very good suggestions. I would add to that you also list any insurance programs you have in force. Before making a trans Atlantic trip together, my husband and I put together such a document for both of our children. They would need to know of all our insurance policies and where they are located should something happen to us.


name: Judy Beauchemin
location: Branchport, NY
Email: judyjoe@empacc.net
Date: 04 Jan 2008

Comments

I find the computer is very helpful for keeping my medical records up to date as well as my husband's very long record of medical history, medications and seizure records, all of his doctors names, addresses and phone numbers, insurance information and who to notify in case of emergency. After you have it in the computer it is much easier to keep it all up to date, then run a few copies of each. Carry one copy with you, keep a copy handy in the house and have an extra set to give to any health providers who need the records. I also carry a purse size calendar to record appointments and I make sure I also add new appointments to our calendar on the wall near the phone. Some people have hand held devices to use for that, but I don't happen to be one of them. I like to feel organized and emergency personnel really appreciate the records I keep when my husband needs emergency care. Getting started takes time, but it is well worth it! Good luck! Judy


name: Kathy
location: Dallas
Email: kathporter@aol.com
Date: 05 Jan 2008

Comments

I organized my mom's healthcare information so my sister could find everything in case of emergency. If you complete one item each day, in a week you will have everything collected. Here are the simple steps I used: 1. Buy a red pocket folder from the office supply store. This is where you will collect everything listed below. Write your name boldly on the front and add the label "Medical Information." 2. Get this year's calendar - one page per month- and write the time and doctor's name of each appointment you have on the appointment date. 3. Collect a business card or brochure from each doctor you visit and put it in a baseball card holder or tape it to typing paper. Now you have every doctor's name, address, and phone number handy. Add a sheet with the address of your emergency contact or closest family member. 4. Create a list of the medicine you take and how often. Your doctor, pharmacy or insurer may give you a list. If not, an easy way to list your medicine is to peel the labels from the medicine bottle (after its empty, of course) and tape the labels to typing paper. 5. List your medical history: dates of serious illnesses, surgeries, hospitalizations, your last immunizations, and so on. You can find blank forms on the internet. 6. Fill out a living will or health directive and make three copies: give one to your doctor, one to your caregiver, and put one in the folder. 7.Keep your folder in a convenient place and tell your family where it is. Under the telephone is a good place. If you like you can update it with a few notes each time you visit a doctor, such as what you went for; what the doctor diagnosed, or changes to medicine.



 







 

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