Getting Organized – Doctors List and Appointments

Doctors’ list and appointment schedule were next.

A list of all of our doctors was made with their names, addresses, phone numbers and what type doctor and who the patient is. This was placed in the emergency medical box along with the medication list.

Doctor appointments were next. Most doctors give you an appointment card, but sometimes the appointments are changed by the doctor’s office or the patient for some reason or another. For that reason, I keep the appointment card on the refrigerator with magnets and make changes on it. The appointments are also recorded on a calendar that is also updated with any change.

Once the appointment date is kept, the appointment card is marked with the mileage on the back of it for tax purposes and filed into my tax records...

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Getting Organized Medications List and Administering

Getting Organized Medications List and Administering : Using the prescription bottles, a list of all the medications by brand or generic names, doses by size and  frequency was made. After purchasing a 2 row pill box, I set up medications for morning and evening using the list; this way none would be missed or given at the wrong time or in the wrong dosage. Each time a change was made by a doctor, I could update the list and pill box with the change and give that list to paramedics, the hospital or any other doctor as needed. Most of the doctors are on computers now and can print out a dated medication list for you with the changes they make shown by medication.

Overtime, with increased medications, and an afternoon dosage and a one day a week medication being added, we graduated to a fo...

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Getting Organized Blood Pressure Monitoring

Getting Organized Blood pressure monitoring was my first step. With new medications and changes, and new doctors wanting daily blood pressure monitoring records kept, I realized I needed to get organized in order to cut down on stress.

Like most family caregivers, I don’t have  the training to manually take a blood pressure (BP). My local pharmacy advised me on a battery operated blood pressure cuff. I purchased that and a lined notebook. I found that dividing the sheets into columns for date, time, systolic, diastolic, pulse, which arm was taken in, weight and comments for things like who took BP, modification in medication, what activity occurred if there was an unusual change in blood pressure...

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The Caregivers Journey Right Steps

The Caregivers Journey Right Steps :On May 16 2010, my husband had his last cigarette and is happy that he made the first of many steps in the right direction for better health. Three days earlier my husband saw a cardiologist for the first time and as part of the intake of a new patient, my husband was asked if he smoked. He told the doctor yes, that he did and that he once was a 2 pack a day smoker but he had been trying to quit and was down to 3 cigarettes a day. His cardiologist told him, “Sir, you have already quit. So, why don’t you just stop?”

June 2010, my husband lost his balance and fell into the street (one of many falls to come) while trying to move a sprinkler and couldn’t get up...

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The Caregivers Journey TIA and Symptoms

The Caregivers Journey TIA and Symptoms : April 10, 2010, my husband was extremely dizzy, could not see out of one eye, could not stand up and needed help to the bathroom. He had had the dizziness as well as the temporary sight loss before which always passed after a few seconds, but this was different. I helped him to the bathroom and stayed close by the rest of the day to assist him. By evening, the dizziness was better but had not gone away and he was having balance issues to the left side.

On Monday, April 12, 2010, we called his doctor and described what had occurred and an appointment was made for us to come in right away as the dizziness and balance issues had not completely gone away...

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The Caregivers Journey Begins

The caregivers journey frequently begins when you meet late in life as we did and much medical history has been created.  My caregivers journey and education were about to begin. My first knowledge of my husband’s medical history was that he has MEN1 (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia I) and was in a study at NIH in Maryland with several of his children who also have this genetic condition.

What is multiple endocrine neoplasia?

Multiple endocrine neoplasia is part of a group of disorders that affect the body’s network of hormone-producing glands (the endocrine system). Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream and regulate the function of cells and tissues throughout the body...

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