Ready to hear the story of Nana and her Medical Binder?
Now, you all
know Nana’s Medical Binder is up for sale. You know how I tell you that “everyone needs a medical binder” to keep track of medical happenings and events.
Well, of course, Nana is just like the barefoot shoemaker’s children.
Yes, YOU need the Medical Binder – but did Nana need one too?
Nana realizes she needs the Medical Binder too
Two weeks ago, I realized that I had a full week of doctor visits scheduled. One was the regular pain clinic I go to monthly, but the other two were new to me. New doctors. New problems. Yes, I realized it was time to put my Medical Binder together. I had a copy sitting on the table all printed out, but I hadn’t bothered putting it into a binder and getting it ready to use.
Setting up the Medical Binder
Okay – I have a ½” binder handy – that should do. Out came the 3 hole punch and the pile of papers. Time to get this put together. I started lining up the pages in the order needed, making sure the instructions and the forms would face each other. I got most of them right before the holes were punched but a distraction had a few with the holes on the wrong edge. Oh well. Double punches on those pages. I loaded them into that binder as I went along.
Filling out the Medical Binder
Then it was time to start filling them out. Basic information should be no problem – but wait – patient ID #? Had to go online to the site where my information from the family doctor was for that. And it took some searching to find it. Finally. Good to have that done.
The pain clinic was no problem. I’d been there before and had the appointment slip right there to fill all the information out. Did they have a website? Hey – they did. It was on the slip and I’d never even realized it was there. Have to look at that. I know they had talked about some options and told me the information was on the website.
Next doctor appointment. This was one I made over the phone. Had to call and get more information from them. I knew hubby would want at least the address to get me there. Now, let’s see what other information I need to have for them. Yikes. Already I had forgotten when the MRI I just had was done. That’s the one I had done for an increase in my back pain that had picked up an increase in an aneurysm that necessitated one of the doctor visits coming up. Had to go through the calendar on my phone and find the dates of that. Thankfully, I had a copy of the MRI with me to give to the doctor. One of the dividers had a plastic pocket I could slip that into to take with me. I just realized I wouldn’t have to let them know how forgetful I was when they asked the date of that MRI. Would I have remembered to take the copy with me? Now it was there in the binder. Don’t have to think about that again.
Third appointment. Seems I needed to have a sore on my arm checked out. It didn’t look right to me and I was pretty sure it was cancer and would need to be removed. Once again, the appointment had been made by phone but this one had been a doctor my daughter recommended so I could call her for the information I needed. And oh yes, while I was there, I would have the doctor check a couple of other spots I was having problems with. Writing them down made sure they wouldn’t be forgotten.
Now time for the medications. Whizbang and they were done. I’m not on very many meds so that went quickly.
But the supplements. Oh, my. There surely were a lot of them to list. Thankfully I get them all online from Swansons.com and just had to go through my emails to see the last few purchases of them. My regular doctor knows how much I hate taking meds and is very good at finding supplements to help me.
Oh dear. Allergies. Tear my hair out. I have multiple chemical sensitivities and that list is 2 pages long. Thankfully hubby had a list of them. He had kept it in case something happened and I couldn’t relate them. How did I treat them? Avoidance. Whew, that was easier than I thought.
More Set Up – Problems
Opps. I need to add those dividers. Oh no. I opened up the 3-ring binder and everything popped out. Yes, Nana – you told everyone to get 1” – 4” binders, but you didn’t listen. Once again, hubby to the rescue. He was on his way out to the store and would pick me up a larger one. Home with a 1½” binder and that was perfect. Dividers in easily, but they aren’t the pocket ones I recommended. That’ll do, I said to myself. But info given me at the visits plus business cards and appointment cards had no place to go. Have to get some of those pocket dividers. They really would make things easier.
Using the Medical Binder with Doctors Visits
At the doctor’s office. The first thing they want is a list of medications and allergies. I handed the pages and had them copy them. No problem there. Didn’t have to copy those pages of allergies all over again.
Results of Using the Medical Binder
Result #1for Nana and Her Medical Binder
Thankfully, the aneurysm is now on 6-month watch. And next visit will be for further tests as well. Info from that visit got written down where I’ll remember what the doctor said.
Result #2 for Nana and Her Medical Binder
Skin biopsy came back squamous cell cancer. Not serious but needs further surgery, so that’s scheduled. I was too nervous about the skin biopsy that I would have forgotten to mention the other two areas I wanted looked at, but I had handed the nurse practitioner seeing me, the sheet with the notation on it that I wanted them checked out and she picked up on it from there and asked me about those too.
Result #3 for Nana and Her Medical Binder
End of the week – all the appointments in my phone calendar and on the appointment sheet. I realized that the phone calendar only gives me one day at a time while the sheet gives me all the appointments at once. Nice to be able to plan ahead without a lot of looking through the phone calendar.
Musings re Nana and Her Medical Binder Use
Gradually when I think about it, I’m filling in the other information in the Medical Binder. It worked so well and made things easier. With the other information filled in, before I need it, relieves a lot of stress. It’s now there when I do need it.
Let’s see. I’m due for that cortisone shot to my elbow with bad arthritis. I don’t remember when the last one was done? Wish that was already in the binder. Now I’ll have to go through the old phone calendar or the Medicare bills to see when I had the last one.
Final Results for Nana and Her Medical Binder
My health isn’t great, but I also didn’t think I really had that much wrong. Now, I’m beginning to realize that as I age, things start wearing down on this body of mine and need checking and interventions from medical professionals. Putting the Medical Binder together was something that I put off doing. It seemed like a lot of work and I was pretty sure I could remember everything that was needed. Yet, now that it’s done, I realize how much it’s helping me. I no longer have to stress about remembering which doctor I need to see for which problem. These days, I just write down things as they occur in the space for the next doctor’s visit. It’s done and won’t be forgotten.
Summary of Nana and Her Medical Binder
Looks like the shoemaker’s children are getting their shoes – and Nana Medical Binder is up and working. Is yours?
Love, Hugs, and Prayers,
(I ask myself, is it fear that kept me from starting the Medical Binder?)
“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”