I have decided to keep a medical log. I’m going to put the times I was hospitalized in the medical history part of the log and keep track of the medications I am taking. There’s only one at the moment, but that could change. I am also going to compile a report from my family history program with the cause of death of my family members where I have that information. Once I do that, I will have a complete, or as complete as I can make it, family medical history. This will include the causes of my parent’s death, the cause of my grandparents’ deaths, and so on. I should probably include my siblings’ illnesses. You never know what could turn out to be important in your health history.
I have set up my medical log with sections for history, which will include my medical history up to the point of making the log, then, I will enter any procedure I have done, like the colonoscopy I had earlier this month. Any and all procedures will be logged. That’s all there is to it. I believe that there are apps out there for your phones that will do it, but you can use a ledger, a spreadsheet program, or OneNote, as I am using. The advantage of doing it on a computer is that you can easily print off your history. Just log it. My log will also contain the results of the tests, which your doctor should be able to obtain, as long as you remember to log the place where the procedure took place. That’s the nice part of it. My log is a sheet in the OneNote binder where I will put the information that I will print out for my doctor visit. If you have to go in for surgery, take a printout of your log with you, it will make your life so much easier.
It will let your doctors know what medications you are taking and what procedures you have had done and when. It will also give the dates of your last set of immunizations. I know that there are apps out there for android and iphones, but this method of keeping them on your computer is secure, and you can print out your log to take to the doctor with you when you visit. I’m not so sure that the apps on the phones will let you do that as easily as excel or Word or even OneNote.
Keeping a log of your health and that of your family makes good sense. It isn’t hard to do and the reward is less time filling out papers at doctors’ offices. It will also help your doctor to help you.