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Try This Tuesday

22 Jul

 

Try This Tuesday
 We have so many specialists, prescriptions and medical things to keep track of that I struggled with how to keep it all organized.  I finally decided to start a Medical Binder for Jenna.  It includes sections with:

  • doctor’s notes from her most recent visits (I always request these)
  • prescriptions (meds, supplements, formula and g-tube)
  • medication and formula dosages
  • feeding pump rates
  • therapist assessment notes
  • vaccination information
  • doctor list and contact information
  • emergency contact info
  • first aid instructions (CPR, choking, etc.)
  • Jenna’s current daily schedule and care tips
  • signed “Permission for Medical Treatment” letter

I put all the information in plastic page protectors and organize it in appropriate sections in the binder.  We put the binder out for childcare providers, opened to the section with Jenna’s daily schedule and tips with the page for emergency contact information laying out.  It’s also easy to grab to pack whenever we’re traveling or headed to a doctor’s appointment.

P.S. If you’re interested in other fantastic ideas from moms about how they’ve met challenges and the strategies that work for them, simply click on the “Try This Tuesday” box/button above that will redirect you to the 5 Minutes for Special Needs site.

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7 Comments

Posted by on July 22, 2008 in Jenna, Parenting tips, Special Needs

 

7 responses to “Try This Tuesday

  1. Trish @ Another Piece of the Puzzle

    July 22, 2008 at 11:30 am

    What a fabulous idea to corral some of the mountains of paper that come in! You reminded me that I forgot to request a copy of my son’s latest psych eval, and they don’t send them to parents without a specific request. Off to send an email!

     
  2. psychmamma

    July 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks Trish! Glad to help with the small reminder. Now I’m off to check the other links at 5MFSN! Thanks for creating such a great idea spot!

     
  3. Rickismon

    July 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I have done the same thing, using a display book (it keeps the pages in better condition than a binder). I have also included:
    -names of teachers/aid/therapists/

    -a running timeline of checkups, therapies started and stopped, wt and height, etc, with the “subject” (education, eyes, thyroid) in a smaller colum at the side.

     
  4. psychmamma

    July 22, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Rickismon

    Thanks for your ideas! I’m not sure what you mean by a “display book,” so if you check back here, let me know (via comments or email) what you mean. If you’ve found something that works better, I’d love to know. I love your idea of adding a running timeline! Thanks again

     
  5. Jenny

    July 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    A great idea! I really need to get organized in this area. Too many times, I’ve needed something and I go to the file cabinet and think is it under Jackson? or insurance? or medical? Agh! I need to copy your idea!

    And thanks for visiting my blog!

     
  6. psychmamma

    July 22, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Jenny –

    What you describe is exactly what motivated me to find a better way! Good luck! Hope the idea helps you out.

     
  7. melody is Slurping Life

    July 23, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Great reminder! I had to do this with all the medical and other issues, meds, therapies, surgeries etc. of my boys.

     

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