Hey my beautiful friend!
I am so excited to share with you something that was born out of sheer desperation, exhaustion, and overwhelm over 16 years ago and I want to save you from that torment!
What is it?
Well, you can click here to be taken to the blog post about it, or you can just read a little more here and find out.
When we brought my mom home from the spinal care center to take care of her in her newly completely paralyzed condition over 16 years ago, things quickly spiraled into complete and utter overwhelm every single day.
Things went from bad to worse when we spent much of our time in doctors offices from either minor emergencies to full-blown life and death emergencies and everything in between.
To say we were drowning would be an understatement.
Something had to give.
My a-ha moment happened one day in the doctors office.
Every time we went to a doctor, we were handed forms to fill out and while we were anxiously tending to mom emptying her colostomy, changing her inner cannula, running out to the van to grab her cough machine if she couldn't breathe, we were supposed to be remembering her entire medical history and her details and filling it out!!
SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE AND IT WASN'T GOING TO BE HER CARE OR SHE WOULDN'T HAVE SURVIVED!
So, at the doctors one day in utter tears and exhaustion I went to the nurse's station and said...can I fill this out when we get back to the room because if I stop to do this with no one tending to her, she could die. I need help. Is there any way that if I type up her entire history and keep it updated...could I just bring that in any time we come and not fill out your forms?
She smiled and said absolutely that would work!
I went home that day even though exhausted and while Dad was caring for Mom, I got my computer out and typed up a quick medical history with all her current stats and needs and recent and prior medical history.
Here's one of the original pieces of her binder...very rough and plain.
But this isn't just for caregivers....NO NOT AT ALL!!!
That's the whole point! I realized looking back on my career as an EMT how utterly life-saving this would have been so many times when a healthy person was thrust unknowingly into a traumatic situation and could no longer speak for themselves and their loved one was too grief-stricken to be coherent with details that we needed.
Also, as a mother, I am well aware that I have forgotten probably more than I can remember when it comes to those details in the midst of the usual chaos and cacophony that is life.
THIS IS FOR EVERYONE AND NEEDS TO BE SHARED SO THAT EVERYONE CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DITCH THE OVERWHELM IN THE TIMES IT MATTERS MOST!
It is a 4 page Simple Medical Form!
And it can be made longer as you save each form.
It's been fully customizable so you can fill it out on your computer or print it out and write it in...whatever is your jam is the point. If you want to have it always with you, then I suggest both...keep it updated in your phone so it's always on you, as well as print it out for home so that it's readily available in a pinch or if your wifi is out.
It will take you time to fill out, and you will update it constantly. But this just may be the most important form you could have in your life. Because without proper medical care when you need it most, nothing else is really going to matter, is it?
Be encouraged and blessed and don't get caught in the overwhelm as I did so many years ago.
Be prepared, be bold, be positive!
Have a beautiful day!
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