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016 - Medical Organizing Binder: Medical Organizing Binder I’m really excited to share the details of my medical organizing binder with you all. Next week, we’ll deep dive into the financial organizing binder.     The Format – One Binder Per Person You’re going to...

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Medical Organizing Binder I’m really excited to share the details of my medical organizing binder with you all. Next week, we’ll deep dive into the financial organizing binder.     The Format – One Binder Per Person You’re going to need one binder for each person with medical needs. The whole point of my binders is to make sure that your medical papers are organized, so one per person works well. When I started to put my binders together, I realized that we only needed two in our house, rather than the assumed four. Greg and I may well need a medical organizing binder in the future, but at the moment, thankfully, we don’t have a lot of medical needs and so we don’t need binders at this stage. You do, however, need one for each person who has medical needs. If you’re a caretaker, get yourself one of my binders. Personally, we have binders for both of our children and I honestly couldn’t live without them! Personalize The Binders To Suit Your Individual Needs One of the things that I have talked about a lot over on the Organize 365 Podcast is that if you have children with learning disabilities or medical conditions, it makes sense to have all of their medical and educational information in one place. Doctors and education requirements interchange so by storing all of these documents alongside each other, you’re saving yourself time and effort in chasing information from different places.   What Can I Expect In The Binder? Here are some of the highlights of the binder, but there’s plenty more besides. Medical and Health History  How many times have we been to the doctors and they’ve quizzed us on our personal and family medical history? It’s often hard to answer all of the questions fully so the binder is a great space to be able to document all of this information. I like to think of it as my personal medical journal. Key Milestones For Children I’ve been asked numerous times for dates for specific physical milestones in my children’s lives and it’s honestly a tricky one. If you have kids, can you remember the age when they first sat up, said their first word, or took their first step? My children are adopted so it made some of these questions even harder to answer! Apparently, from a neurological point of view, these questions are very important and so instead of guessing, take the time to go back through baby books and photographs and pinpoint these early childhood milestones. Take it from me, you’ll feel like a better mom when you have this information ready at the doctor’s office! Diagnosis Tracker This is a really useful way of tracking the behaviors and the medical situation of someone you’re caring for, especially the young or the elderly. It could be a child with diabetes, for example, but you can tailor and personalize the tracker to suit your individual situation. Often, true medical diagnosis aren’t made for a number of years. By being able to track problems, they could help you to get a firmer diagnosis quicker. Mary, from our Content Creation Team, is a cardiology ER nurse and is making up additional trackers so all areas of diagnosis tracking should be covered. There’s also an allergy and medication tracker included for the same reasons. Lab Results Tracker The original digital medical and financial binders were created for people to use when they become the caregiver and power of attorney and are in charge of the estate for their parents. This was as a direct result of how lost I felt in the last year of my father’s life. I was travelling four hours each way to see him and I found it really difficult to remember test result numbers from one visit to the next. I wish I’d had the Lab Results Tracker at that time as it would have been really good to be able to keep track of these at home. Appointment Tracking As a caretaker, you have to start making decisions based on observations. Sometimes people’s behaviors will tell you more about how they’re feeling than even test results can. This is where these trackers reall

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