Why You Need a Medical Notebook with a Chronic Illness

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Many times questions and concerns arise when you are not in the doctor’s office. And if you’re like me, the questions/concerns fly right out of your head and are forgotten long before your appointment. A medical notebook helps you remember what it is that you wanted to discuss with your physician.

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What is a Medical Notebook?

When I first read Tanya’s post title Pretty Handmade Medical Notebook I was intrigued by the medical notebook part. What is it? What do you do with it? Tanya is a fellow chronic illness blogger at My Fruitful Home, so I could possibly benefit from it.

A medical notebook is a way to track any questions, concerns, or issues you want to address with your physician.

Tanya has a great DIY medical notebook, but I’m not so crafty. I bought a three-pack of small composition books like the one shown below. It’s small enough to fit in my purse, so I don’t forget to take it with me to my appointments.

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Why You Need a Medical Notebook with a Chronic Illness

Many times these questions and concerns arise when you are not in the doctor’s office. And if you’re like me, the questions/concerns fly right out of your head and are forgotten long before your appointment. A medical notebook helps you remember what it is that you wanted to discuss with your physician.

Keeping it in my purse also helps me remember where it is. (read: I have a tendency to lose items. Often.) Having it in my purse also allows me to write down those questions/concerns that I have when I’m not at home.

There’s no way I can remember all the questions and topics I want to discuss with my physician. I’m constantly reading articles about fibromyalgia, labs, supplements, etc, so there’s at least one question that comes up while I’m reading. Immediately writing it down in my medical notebook prevents me from forgetting it. Sometimes I write a blurb about why I have that particular question/concern.

I’ve had a medical notebook for several months now and I’ve been so thankful for it more than once. Thank you, Tanya!

Brandi

Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

6 thoughts on “Why You Need a Medical Notebook with a Chronic Illness

    • August 20, 2015 at 11:09 am
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      You’re welcome 🙂

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  • August 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm
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    Looking forward to this series! I’ll share the link to my readers as well. A medical notebook is one of the most valuable tools we can use. I can rely on my brain with all the fibro fog but a paper brain always come through for me! 😉

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    • August 21, 2015 at 8:49 am
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      It is a valuable tool for those of us that have a hard time remembering (thanks fibro fog). Thank you for sharing!

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  • August 21, 2015 at 9:03 am
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    This is so useful, thanks Brandi! I’ve been using my computer’s calendar to write notes under each appointments, and then print out that particular appointment.

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    • August 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm
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      That’s a good idea, too!

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