Medical Care Binder for Adults and Diabetics

By monkeymama Latest Reply 2010-05-03 22:50:19 -0500
Started 2010-05-02 18:30:54 -0500

I have been using a special needs binder for my children to help keep me organized. I tried the idea out to see if it would help me in keeping my medical and diabetes organized and resourceful. It has been a amazing gift and idea as a whole. It than got me thinking about adult people with diabetes and other medical issues. How many people would find it helpful if there was one created for us adults in mind? Would this help other people with keeping things straight and organized? would you personally use one to help you out?
I came up with a rough rough binder plan and idea for us adults. The binders are very simple and easy to use. All your medical information, logs, and notes in one handy spot to take with you at each appointment.
The binder is basically set up with a 3 ring binder/device in 5 different tabs: Medical information, Report, Logs, Education, and Notes/Misc or how ever you feel it would help you. Keep track of: meds, supplies, BG numbers, procedures/test, surgeries/hopitalizations, weight/BP, and many more things we deal with. It is even great if there is ever (hoping theres not though) a medical situation and family, friends, or someone can see and know. The concept could be tried on thumb drive but there are some medical facilities that will not open them. Due to the risks of virus's and other issues. How many of you have more than 1 medical problem?
I hope all is well with everyone out there. I wish all the best of luck with their diabetes :) !!!

5 replies

monkeymama 2010-05-03 13:38:17 -0500 Report

How about maybe getting some ideas and I can try to create something that "ALL OF US" can use in helping deal with the every day medical issues we face. It is just way too much information to try to remember. I've already started working on a prototype and was looking to see if there are other people who would like to put anything more in what they feel would be helpful for them. I would love and can not wait to share this with EVERYONE. We're all here to help each other and that is what I feel it is all about. Thanks for the comments :)

GabbyPA 2010-05-03 19:45:06 -0500 Report

For me, some things that get left out of our logs that I think are important are:
1.) emotions of the day (happy, stressed, angry, frightened...)
2.) weather. Yep, weather, specially long days of rain or feeling trapped inside affect us.
3.) sleep. How many hours, what kind of dreams, good or painful...things like that.

Those are things that I know affect me and I think that traditional medicine overlooks a lot of it.

monkeymama 2010-05-03 22:50:19 -0500 Report

Maybe have a journaling section in the binder of things like this. I think that is a wonderful thing to add to this binder. For some individuals, they find journaling another great way to cope with their feelings and the diabetes. as well as, evaluating the amount of stress and how they are choosing to handle it. Becoming aware of these kinds of things and being in touch with yourself is very important. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

spiritwalker 2010-05-03 12:14:57 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. I find your idea for a medical binder very
interesting. I have been diabetic for 25 years. Each year I
keep a journal with all my information for all my Drs. It
goes to each visit. That way I and they can keep track of whats
going on. Thanks for sharing your ides. Its a good one.

GabbyPA 2010-05-02 20:09:28 -0500 Report

This is a great idea. I use a spiral notebook and try to cram all my information on one page, but by the end of the day, my page is over flowing. I had wanted to make a book that we could use at one time, but didn't get input on it. It sounds like you have a great plan.

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