The story of why I created the Medical Binder was first sent out in an email sales letter to all my subscribers. Comments from that suggested that I post the story here on the site for all to read.
The story of Why I Created the Medical Binder
Now, as far as internet sales go, it is way too early in the blog’s history to be
selling something. In learning about blogging, I have heard time and again that you should have a fairly large number of subscribers before you try to sell anything. And I truly trust the people who have told me this. I know that they speak from experience and their wisdom is valuable.
Let me go back and tell you a story that may explain why I did this.
Nana’s Experience Leading up to Why I created the Medical Binder
I am a registered nurse. Retired. I have 30 credits towards my Master’s degree in Nursing Education.
I have taught nursing and actually made suggestions to Sanders Publishing when they came out with a new textbook and needed help on a workbook to accompany it. That was back in the mid-1960’s. That’s an age ago.
Leading up to Experience #2
In addition, I did a wonderful stretch of work in Public Health where nurses went to visit patients in their homes. On these visits, during the time period I worked, we didn’t have access to any of the equipment that nurses can use today. We had a blood pressure cuff, a stethoscope, and a thermometer. Hardly high tech in today’s world.
It was very important that we knew our nursing well enough to know whether a patient needed to be sent to the doctor for an evaluation or to the hospital. And was an ambulance needed for that trip to the hospital or could the family drive them? The wrong decision could cost the patient upwards of $500 if they were not admitted. It was a big responsibility.
To help us, we made up check sheets for all sorts of illnesses and conditions that our patients had. These listed all the signs and symptoms we should check for and gave us an indication of what those signs and symptoms indicated. They worked amazingly well. In addition, we found that leaving forms with our patients for them to record information, between our visits, helped us give them better care.
Then, I became the Director of a Home Health Agency and form creation became a way of life for me. I did them daily and this was before computers. Many forms were done on the copier using a cut and paste method to duplicate sections that went across a number of different forms.
Later, I started my own Home Health Agency and again, forms were an integral part of my work. But now I was using a computer and they were so much easier. So, making forms is something I have a great deal of experience in doing.
Leading up to Why I Created the Medical Binder
Retired now, from all of that, I have a husband with numerous medical issues. He’s seeing multiple doctors and having various tests. He’s also on a slew of medications. I quickly realized, after the first ambulance call, that I could not offhand remember all that had been diagnosed, when, where, and what tests he had had. I didn’t even remember all the medications he was on. There had to be a better way to keep track of all that.
You guessed it. I started making up forms for him to use. He was the first patient that got to use the Medical Binder.
How the forms got used
He uses it every doctor visit and finds it so helpful. When he gets to each doctor, he knows what he wants to ask him/her about. He’s got a place to write down – right there in the office – what the doctor told him to do.
He has all his medications in a list and extra copies of that to pass out as needed – like to the ambulance, ER, hospital or any new doctor he sees.
Tests, x-rays, CT scans, – they’re all listed in the binder. He can find them quickly and knows where they were done and which doctor ordered them.
Benefits to the family from using the Medical Binder
I don’t have to help him remember all that stuff. Our daughter had been keeping a notebook with information, but trying to find out when and where something was done, was like looking for a needle in a haystack. No more. Hubby flips the divider to the proper location and Zingo – the information asked for is right there.
Now – with those forms all done for him, he and the rest of the family started encouraging me to put it on the site so that it could be helping others the same way.
Experience leads to a call to market the Medical Binder
“But it’s too soon to sell something I told them.”
“Mom – forget about that. There are people out there who need this. You can’t follow some internet advice and let people suffer because of that.”
Nana considers who would need this? Who would it help?
I thought about how many times I saw tests repeated because a patient couldn’t remember when or where the last one was done. And so many patients and families didn’t know the names of the medicines they were on. “I take 2 white pills, and a little red capsule in the morning and a bunch or big horse pills at noon. Then at supper, let’s see – oh yes – there’s another white pill – a larger one and then a yellow tablet.” I heard recitations like this more times than I can tell you. That’s why so many doctors tell you to bring in all the medicines you are on.
Problems when information isn’t known
I knew medication reactions were the cause of a high percentage of visits to the Emergency Rooms – but when the patient forgot one of those medications it could mean the difference between a quick diagnosis and a hospitalization.
And that’s why I created the Medical Binder
Finally, I gave in. I added instructions and often times websites with more information to all those forms. And as I worked away and let people know about it, I got more and more suggestions for forms different people needed. Some of them were specialized forms that were out of the usual basic medical care. Putting them in the binder would make it frightening to some. So, knowing that some would need them, I put them separately for those who needed them to purchase in addition to the basic Medical Binder.
It’s now on the site for sale. It’s comprehensive and very easy to use. All forms are in a PDF format – which means you can print it all out. And any forms you need more of, you can print them out when you want.
Who should get a copy of the Medical Binder?
I would ask you to consider if this would make your life easier? If not, do you know someone else who could benefit from it? You are my best advertisers. I count on you to help me get the message out. Anyone who has a medical condition or is seeing 2 or more doctors will benefit from having a record of medical events.
Thank you for reading through all of this. You truly are a very special group of people and I’ve hit you with this at probably your busiest time of year. It would make a wonderful gift for someone you love who needs it.
Wishing you health, happiness, and a wonderful life.
Love, Hugs, and Prayers,