During the last 7 weeks we’ve had 5 cases of strep throat, 3 ear infections, 1 suspected case of mono (luckily that test was negative), kidney inflammation due to one of the cases of strep, 8 prescriptions, 6 blood draws and countless doctor appointments.
When you’re a mom of 5 school aged kids this is to be expected. If you ask them to share their toys…no way! Germs, however, will be shared with anyone and everyone!
This was the first time that I’ve had so many kids sick at the same time. Each time I went to the doctor’s office, I dreaded the questions. When did this start? Any other symptoms? When was the last time he had medicine for the pain?
You see before I was a mom, I could remember anything. I could remember appointments that were scheduled three months out. I could remember what was discussed at a meeting two weeks ago. I could remember what I had for breakfast this morning.
Today…not so much. Now when the doctor asks me these questions, I give answers such as, “I think the fever started yesterday afternoon, but I’m not sure.” “I think I gave him pain medicine at bed time. No it was when he woke up at 10pm.”
I’m not a bad mother. I’m always checking on my children and making sure they are well. I just can’t remember a dang thing! I have to write everything down and I usually write it on a random scrap of paper that I lose moments later. Ugh! Please tell me I’m not the only one!
This last 7 weeks has taught me that I need to be more organized! (I already knew that, but it was a harsh reminder.)
I created a Family Health Journal to help me get my act together and I want to share it with you as a free printable when you sign up for my monthly newsletter.
If you have children or other family members that you care for on a regular basis, then this Family Health Journal will help you keep your health information organized and in one place.
The journal includes:
- Cover Page
- Doctor Visits
- Growth Chart
- Food Journal
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I printed the pages for each member of the family and used dividers that I found in my desk to separate them. The dividers are similar to these.
I fill out the forms as needed and when I take one of my children to the doctor I just snap a photo of their Symptoms page with my phone and I have the answers with me when the doctor asks for more information! I do the same with the Prescriptions page.
I hope you find this Family Health Journal useful. Please print as many pages as you need, but please don’t share the files with anyone. Please send them a link to this post instead. 🙂
What is your biggest struggle with managing your family’s health information? If you would like me to create additional pages for other information, please leave a comment or send me an email with your suggestion and I will do my best to incorporate them into the journal.
Wishing you all a healthy 2017!