Solution: Keep notecards handy and store them in the same place after use, so you can find them easily before your next appointment.
Tip #3: Treat medical test results with the same respect as your kid’s first finger-painting. Save that stuff!
Solution: (This is where I start to repeat myself) Write shit down. Seriously.
If you can’t remember what you had for dinner last Monday, how are you supposed to accurately give a verbal accounting to your health care provider?
Suggestion: Logging hours of sleep, time you went to bed, time you woke up, the weather, barometric pressure changes, time of the month in your menstrual cycle, your mood and how you felt on a day to day basis can help the doctor determine if you’re suffering from insomnia, anxiety, depression, or something worse.
Problem: I think I have a gluten sensitivity, but eating totally gluten free is hard, so I still cheat once in a while.
Once you master not cheating, go one step further and don’t fill that gluten-hole with expensive gluten-free products. Start to slowly replace processed grains with grain-free choices or GO WITHOUT.
Suggestion: If you’re serious about finding out what is bothering you regarding a possible food intolerance, you must track what you eat. There is no other way around it. Do the freaking work already! If you don’t take care of YOU, who else will?
Creatively Green was kind enough to have me on their blog because I’m a best-selling fiction author and they often have guest posts from authors. I’ve developed a non-fiction tracking notebook, the one I mentioned in the first suggestion, Plot Your Health, for chronic illness sufferers who need help managing all the numerous details associated with their health problems.
You may not need it — you may be healthy, or not ill enough to need something this detailed. But I know you know someone who does need it. We all do. There are over 100 million people in the US alone who suffer from a chronic condition. Help them out. Show them you care by suggesting a tool that will help them remember to take their medications and log their symptoms. And for less than $6, the three-month tracker makes a great gift, too.
- Undated monthly calendar pages, for jotting down doctor appointments, wellness visits, physical therapy, IV infusions, or whatever you need.
- Two Doctor/ Wellness visit pages, for questions to ask at each appointment, room for notes, and an area to jot down tests needed.
- Treatment Record pages, with room to track nine treatments per month, plus an extra lined page for notes or more appointments.
- A two-page Symptom trackers, each with room to track twenty symptoms for an entire month.
- Three-pages per month of Medicine and Supplement tracking grids. Each contains room to track four meds that need to be taken three times a day, and room to track twenty-one meds required twice a day. (This area can be customized for more meds if they are taken only once per day).
- Mood-tracking coloring image. Assign a color to a mood and color each section per day according to how you feel.
- Additional two-page grid for tracking sleep, food, blood pressure, habits, blood sugar, oxygen levels... pretty much anything you need! Eighteen spaces to track for each month.
- Two lined pages per month for additional needs.
- Future planning area on the last page for appointments and scheduling for the next year.