Thursday, June 26, 2014

Health Journal

Keeping a Health Journal has helped me feel more in control of my life; get feeling better sooner, and helps my doctor know what to suggest.  Having a notebook with notes on what happened to me since I last saw my doctor and questions that I had for him,  really helped me deal with my doctor visits. Often I felt so exhausted and sick that when he asked how I was doing, I'd just reply that I was "fine".  When I was home and felt better, I felt that I had wasted my visit with my doctor. Keeping a Health Journal helped both my doctor and I to work out what to do to help me feel better.
Determining What Problems I Have

It helped to not only describe what happened and how I felt, but the circumstances it occurred. This help to determine what was stressing me so I could make changes. A Health Journal helps to see the patterns in what was happening to me. Remember that it takes many days to see patterns in your life.

  • Write down physical, emotional, and mental symptoms
  • Time of day
  • Did I feel better in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
  • Location (outside, at a concert etc.)
  • Where do I feel the best?
  • Medication taking and dose (if any)
  • How does my medication level affect how I am feeling?
  • How was my energy level? How did it change?
  • Were you feeling pressured, stressed?
  • What did you eat? High sugar? Preservatives?
  • Were you around any chemicals, perfumes?
  • Physical activity (had you been rushing around?)
  • Did you have any allergic reactions?
  • Had you eaten on time or gone to bed late?
  • Were you around anything different? animals? plants?
  • What was different?
  • Anything else you feel might be important. 

Monitoring Medication

My doctor suggested that I keep a health journal to help determine when I need extra medication. It has really helped me. Simply write down when you feel tired, anxious, or any other problem. Put in the date and time and any circumstances- what you have been doing, exposed to, eaten, emotional stress. See if there are any patterns and discuss your observations and questions with your doctor. This gives him more information to help you adjust your medication.

Identifying Chemicals that Make me Ill

I have been avoiding chemicals for several months and am feeling much better. I have a lot more energy now. I am also more even tempered. When I am around perfumes or other chemicals, I become very depressed. It takes a few days to feel better and about two weeks to feel like myself again. Though I'm not going IN anywhere, I'm thoroughly enjoying being OUTSIDE.The fewer stresses I have in my life, the better I feel. Keeping a journal has given me an understanding what is a stress to me. It really has helped me live a happier life.


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