By CaroleeRose from Madison, AL
Finally I opened a computer file and recorded all the pertinent information. Then after each change it was easy to go in and add or deduct information to keep the list current. I would usually fit 2 to 4 copies of the list in medium or smallish print on each sheet of paper and print out two or three sheets.
I would cut the lists apart and store a couple in the glove compartment of my car, a couple in my wallet, and several on a magnetic clip on the front of my refrigerator, throwing out the older versions that were there. It was so much easier just to hand an updated list to the nurse, doctor or paramedic, than to take the time trying to gather together prescription bottles and remember pertinent information in the middle of a crises. ALL the professionals loved it so much that I now do the same with each member of the family.
The lists look something like this:
DOB: 1/12/1234 Age: 56
Insurance: Medical Ins Providers
PCP: Dr. James Brown
Our Town Medical Center
Cardiologist: Dr. John Sweetheart
Pulmonologist: Dr. Breath
Office: (123) 123-4444
Allergies: Penicillin, aspirin,
History: Heart attack, Broken leg, TB
Operations: Tonsillectomy Adenoidectomy, Hip Replacement
List including dosages and
where pertinent, times.
Ex.: Lipitor 20mg (1/day)
By Jeanne from South Daytona, FL
Recently I read about my problem and now there are new treatments that may help me. In the past twenty years, my husband's employer would change medical plans which meant, at times, we had to change doctors. I always would have our medical records transferred. To my surprise, when I mentioned this condition to my current family doctor, she said I didn't have any medical records about this condition there. I never mentioned any of this to her before since it wasn't serious.
I know I would have to have more current tests done if I wanted to try the new treatments. But it did bother me that these records were not forwarded as I thought they should be. Other than pregnancies and this medical condition, I didn't have any other medical issues. I contacted the specialists' office and since it was over ten years ago, the records had been destroyed.
I should have checked with each of the doctors to be sure all the records were there. I took for granted that all the records would automatically be transferred.
Hopefully I will never have to change doctors again, but if I do, I will make sure all my medical records are forwarded properly.
By mkymlp from NE PA
Does anyone know where I can find a good medication chart? My husband just had Triple Bypass Surgery and I really need to keep up with his medications, like what he takes and like 2 or 3 times a day. Some kind of check list to go by. I don't know how to use the programs on the computer. Also what kinds of foods I can give him. Thank you all so much for all the help you have already given.
wvqdz from WV