My cancer treatment planner

My cancer treatment planner

My cancer treatment planner

I spent a number of hours online searching for a medical planner and could find NOTHING!  There was not a breast cancer, cancer, medical, or any other kind of planner that would be used for a long term illness record keeping journal.

If I were to mass produce this and offer it to the general public there are many things I would do differently.  This is a “Prototype” and I need to work out the kinks and bugs in it before I even consider putting this up for sale.

I am trying to find my way through the “Rich Mom University” course by Renae Christine.  I will have to do another post and title it “Be Careful What You Wish For”.  I’m not bashing Renae Christine’s course.  It is ONE AWESOME COURSE!!  It is a MUST  HAVE if  you are thinking about growing your Etsy store, an Online Store you already have, or if you are just thinking about selling handmade products anywhere.

My problem is….I have not yet been able to get fully into the course since my wonderful husband, Joe, purchased it for me way back in March when the Rich Mom University program was open for 10 days.  It won’t be open again until 2017.  Check out her Rich Mom Business FREE training to see a smidgen of what  she teachers in her RMU course.  You can get there at this link.  http://richmombusiness.com/about

My truck driving job kept me away from home.  I would listen to her coaching calls on my iPhone as I drove the highways.  Did you know there are cellular dead spots in a lot of places?  Well, there are.  Renae Christine would be answering a question from a fellow RMU participant and my phone would freeze.  This dear sweet woman, who has poured her heart and soul into creating a business plan…..a TITAN OF HANDMADE business plan, and her cute face would be frozen in the odd positions for many miles and several hours.

You know what I mean.  You have a television that you can pause the program you are watching.  The face of the person on television at the moment you paused it.  Open mouth, one closed eye, or some combination that makes you look twice at the screen and chuckle.  Poor Renae Christine spent many hours frozen in an odd position.

Then I have been waylaid by doctor visits and other things for my breast cancer.  I get distracted by the paperwork I have to do for our business.  I have way to many excuses for not getting in to the RMU course.

Okay, I tend to get off track.  So, the changes I would make to this planner would first be make it with a 3 ring binder.  Not everyone is like me and would not appreciate having the spiral binding which prohibits insertion of different things.  Or even relocating the guts of the planner into different positions.

I have put in a pocket at the front of the book, inside the front cover, to hold the stuff you get from the doctor’s office each visit.  I have used a 13″ x 13″ scrapbook pocket that I cut down to fit in my planner.  There is a place for the business cards I seem to be given at each appointment I’ve been at.

Pocket insert to hold business cards

Pocket insert to hold business cards

The next section of this scrapbook layout thing was intended for stickers or photos you wanted to put on the layout.  Now it will be used for any prescriptions or small pieces of paper I need to keep that I get from the doctor visits.

Short pocket for prescriptions or small papers

Short pocket for prescriptions or small papers

The other side of the scrapbook pocket thing has a place to hold papers or embellishments you want to use on your layout.  I’m going to use it for something, I’m not quite sure what but I’ll figure it out.

A pocket for other things I need to keep

A pocket for other things I need to keep

And the last pocket in this scrapbook thing is for the 12 x 12 paper and other things a person would need to create a layout.  I can put 8-1/2 x 11 paper in it.  Things I get from the doctor office or notes and questions I have for the doctor so I don’t misplace them.

A full pocket for 8-1/2 x 11 paper

A full pocket for 8-1/2 x 11 paper

The Tabs definitely need work.  I used the tabs from the American Cancer Society folders they so generously gave to me.  Plus I had to use the WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to create tabs for the things not included in the ACS file folders.  Right now they are working for me.

Tabbed sections

Tabbed sections

I had to go through my bead assortment to put some kind of a stopper on the ends of the spiral binding.  To keep them from working out of the holes at the top and bottom.  I used E6000 to hold the beads on.  We’ll see how long it takes before they fall off :/

Stopper bead at top

Stopper bead at top

Stopper bead at bottom

Stopper bead at bottom

I spent a couple days talking to my computer, hollering at it really, trying to figure out how to make my planner pages.  I have a Mac and had to learn how to use the document handling program called Pages.  Let’s just say it got quite noisy and abusive here until I got it figured out.

Planner pages inside my journal

Planner pages inside my journal

My intention is to be an active participant in my cancer treatment and recovery.  All of these doctor offices I visit give me forms to fill out on my Medical History.  I can’t remember what I put on the last form when I am confronted with a new form.  I have created a form that will, hopefully help me keep my dates and information straight.

I want to track my progress at each visit.  Weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse rates.  I generally don’t ask my Family Doctor for that info when I go visit him.  I will be keeping track of that this time.  I have created a form for that.

Medicines.  Good grief!  Every doctor visit I have been accompanying Joe to his various doctors, the nurse ALWAYS  asks about his medications.  Some people in the waiting room have ziplock bags with their bottles of medicines.  I have created a form for all the medications I will be taking or have put in me if I go through chemo.

Lab results.  Blood work tests.  I don’t even know what my Blood Type is.  Now I will know.  I will be able to keep track of these results each time the test is done and have a place to record them.

Appointments with the various doctors and technicians that I will need to see, or have already seen.  The dates and times of the appointments, which doctor or technician, which facility I have to visit.  This information will be transferred to my monthly calendar and my weekly calendar.

Dates of mammograms, biopsies, chemo, radiation, or hormone treatments.

I’ve tried to think of everything I would need to have in my treatment journal.  So we will see if this is an awesome tool or a total flop.

Oh, and in case you are wondering what the cover material of my book covers are.  Wallpaper.  I  have a big roll of the stuff I got from my local big box hardware store for about $10.  I think it is quite pretty 😀  It is very tactile.  Bumpy, smooth, visual texture, and so many things that keep this crazy woman that likes shiny things happy.

And, the plastic covers on the outside of my medical journal.  I have one on the front and one on the back.  I have cut down some plastic dividers intended to separate scrapbook paper in a holder.  Organized people like to keep their papers sorted by manufacturer and not by color.  These tabbed dividers work with sorting by color as well.  I have a ton of them in the dark recesses of a cupboard.  Now they will keep the rain, snow, sweat, and coffee spills from marring my beautiful covers.

Okay, that’s it for today.  I hope you all are enjoying  your summer weekend.  Those of you in other far flung areas across the globe that are in the midst of winter, I hope you are enjoying nice weather and not freezing  your hoo-hoo’s off.

Leslie

I got sucked into the world of day planners and my head is spinning.

The world has changed and I’ve been left behind.

Long ago, when I first started using a day planner, the only personal planner was by “Day Timer“.  This was way back in 1979.  The cost of a yearly set up was dear.  $50 for the monthly planners.  Each month was separate.  The cover had a 3 ring binder feature.  Each daily page had a perforated triangle at the top right of each page.  Tear the piece away and that was how you knew where you were in the planner.  The binder/cover was so small that only one month at a time would fit in the book.  When a month was over the pages were held in a specially sized box that looked like mini magazine holders.  One year per box.

I found the “Day Runner” brand in 1981.  A cheaper version of the Day Timer.  Well, only as far as cost was concerned.  A yearly planner was more affordable at a cost of $28 to $30.  The covers were more wider and the 3 ring binder would hold a monthly calendar and a weekly set.  The daily planner set would not fit in the binder along with the weekly and monthly calendars.  Pick your battle on planners.

Back in the early 1980’s there were, believe it or not, “Planner Snobs”.  I kid you not.  The people that carried the Day Timer thought they were hot stuff and looked down their noses as us that had the Day Runner.  I would be challenged by the Day Timer user about the size of my planner.  Women would tell me they could drop their planner in their purse, men would show me how well their planner fit in their shirt or coat pocket.  All the while I stood there with my 8-1/2 by 11 binder.

One man I worked with in a real estate office started my mornings off by declaring the Day Timer is superior and the Day Runner was a “wanna be”.  It was a good natured snipe.  There were some days when the snipe would be a little aggressive.

Sheesh!  It is just a calendar!  I told him to get over himself.

In the mid 1980’s I found “At A Glance“.  That planner featured a bright yellow stripe along the outer edges of the monthly calendars.  I found that I liked that feature because I could use it for birthday notes or work project deadlines when I worked at Arizona State University.  I was in the secretarial pool of the Agriculture Department.  One of the professors selected me to fill in for his assistant while she was on bed rest during her pregnancy.

That was a time in my life that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.  Computers were not common.  The drives were slots for giant 5 inch disks.  One slot held the operating instructions for the computer to come to life the other slot was to run a word processing program.  Once the program was open the disk was removed and a different one was inserted to save all the work done in the word processing documents.  I think that program was called “Star”.

I can’t tell you how many times I lost information.  Stuff I thought I had saved to the disk disappeared.  I had to retype pages and pages all over again.

Now, I have to admit that I am a rather vocal person under stress.  I don’t deal with stress very well.  The halls of the Agriculture building were marble.  The walls and floors were echo-y and sound traveled very well.  Even with the door closed to the office I worked in my frustration was heard on the entire floor.  Classrooms, professor offices, and the different labs.  One professor from the new computer science section knocked on the office door I was behind, then came in.  He asked me if I were alright.

Humiliated and ashamed of myself for the verbal outburst.  I had to apologize to him.  I had lost one entire section of a document that I had been working on that morning.  The paper was to be submitted the next day to be reviewed by the group of peers to the professor I was working for.  I was TOAST!

Needless to say my introduction to computers was not my most favorite time in my life.  I longed for the days of the IBM Typewriter that I had been using for many years.  Type on paper and everything is there.  You don’t lose hours of work on a typewriter.  The words just don’t disappear into a different world when using a typewriter.

Now, here in the 2000’s, things have changed so much.  Day Timer is still around.  As is Day Runner.  And my favorite At A Glance can still be purchased.  The Day Runner and the At A Glance are available at my local office supply store.

The past couple days I have been online looking at planners and trying to figure out which one I want to use in 2015.

There is MidoriHobonichiFranklin Covey.  It is crazy the different types of day planners that are out there.

I just want something that I can use for my truck driving stuff and my personal stuff.  I’ll stick with the Day Timer style I’ve used for years.  The only thing I don’t like about this type of a system is storing the yearly information.  Being a 7 ring binder type the pages are all loose at the end of the year.  I just put them in a file folder and put on a label indicating the year.

My Day Timer

My Day Timer

My weekly Day Timer

My weekly Day Timer

I have some pocket files with To Do lists for each part of my life that I want to get a better handle on.  Goals for the week.

Goals for the week

Goals for the week

House work using the Flylady system.  I have modified it to fit my physical abilities right now.  Let me tell you.  I did one hour of cleaning in my living room this morning and it has whipped my butt.  I think this Sepsis thing has done a right good job on throwing my butt on the floor.  :/

House work folder

House work folder

Blog post list for my Foolishness & Mayhem site.

Foolishness & Mayhem

Foolishness & Mayhem

Blog post list, videos for YouTube, and my craft room folder for Message In A Fold.

Message In A Fold

Message In A Fold

And finally, a folder with my wishes and goals for getting my Etsy shop working.

Etsy folder

Etsy folder

I think I have been resting long enough now after my cleaning stint that sapped my strength.  It is time to get ready to go create the video on using a Sliding Blade Trimmer.

As a cautionary note.  If you don’t want to lose several hours of your day….DON’T go to Pinterest  and do a search for Day Planners.  Trust me.  You can get totally lost in there.  However, it is quite informative.  Seeing how other people use their day planners and make them work for them.

Now a “Call To Action”.  Leave a comment with information about YOUR day planner and how you like to use it.

Thanks, Leslie