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05-02-2012, 05:18 PM
Hi Everyone,
I lifted this post from another group that I frequent, but since we've talked about this so much, I thought that it might be helpful here.
This person has some great ideas for organizing a binder full of information to take with you on appointments. I have a binder, but after reading this, I've got some re-organizing to do.

"Care Binder". I find that when you see any other Doctors it pays to be
prepared. Now you are armed with any information they need on you and
your medical history.

It says at the top:

-buy 2" 3 ring binder
-plastic sheets that contains business cards
-plastic sheets to protect important documents


-Business cards of service providers i.e. Doctors Business Cards=20
-Page for contacts for services or equipment
-Problem list-a list of currently active problems needing attention or =
-Medication Sheet-drug, dosage, when prescribed, one medication per line =
and keep the list rolling so we can look back at medications previously =
given and discontinued.
-Communication pages- have care givers write instructions or copy their =
letters to your home.
-Care Plan- this section is for others who may substitute for the =
primary caregiver to understand the patient's preferences and a schedule =
of the expected care. This section might also include needed reading =
for the uninitiated to learn about the disease, the care needed, and the =
rational. Equipment instructions can be put in this section. Methods =
to best communicate can be put here.
-Tracking Sheets- may be needed for problem that needs direct follow up. =
An example might be bowel regularity, a temperature, a skin wound. =
Anything where comparison day to day needs to go on. Not all patients =
need tracking.
- Correspondence- for keeping any letters, proof of purchase, etc.
-Accounting- for tracking any costs that might get reimbursed by a third =
party payer.

I hope that you find this as useful as I did!

05-02-2012, 05:48 PM
Smart idea, going to do this because i'm constantly forgetting information like that. Thanks for posting this.

05-03-2012, 05:23 AM
This is a very good Idea, I am working on my now. I find that this is helpful especially in cases of emergency Or even brain fog. I couldn't remember the names of all my medications and this way I just hand it to someone and tell them it's all there.

05-03-2012, 05:35 AM
Along the same line of thought, before every doctor's appointment I take some time to list my current medications and which ones I need refills on, primary reason(s) for the visit, current SLE Lupus/autoimmune issues, list of test that need to be done at this time (after 20 years you get to know the routine) and questions I have. I make a copy and give it to the nurse for the doctor's review.

Before the doctor leaves the exam room, I skim through the list to make sure we didn't over look anything. Plus, it gives me a place to write down anything important the doctor offers me during the exam. I keep the copy in my personal medical records.

05-03-2012, 05:39 AM
Another thought...Care binder is an especially great idea for primary care-givers too--such as an aging parent.

05-03-2012, 11:45 PM
Ecxellent Ideas/Suggestions...thank you both

Peace and Blessings