Friday, February 10th, 2017

Rhodia bullet journaling post 5: Tracking medical conditions in your bullet journal

Laurie

If you or someone you care for has a medical condition, a bullet journal can be a very handy and portable way to track it. Keeping details in a notebook is also a great way for someone else to access this information in an emergency. If you have all of your details in your notebook that you carry with you all the time, whoever is helping you can have instant access.

The importance of this was shown in a recent post on the Bullet Journal blog by a mom who described a situation at her son’s school where one of the young children became unresponsive. His mother had all of his details, specialists’ contact information, meds list and seizure log in her bullet journal, which she was able to hand over to the medical professionals who were helping him. Having all of this information on hand probably saved her son’s life.

Even if you never have an emergency, having all of your medical information in your notebook greatly simplifies doctor visits and helps you manage your health.

In the front of your bullet journal notebook, write any medical conditions you have, all of your medications and dosages, doctors’ names and contact information, any allergies, your emergency contacts, and anything else someone might need to know about you and your medical condition(s) in an emergency situation.

There are various ways to track symptoms and/ or data related to your medical condition(s) in your bullet journal notebook.

In the Daily Log: This is probably the handiest way to track information like symptoms, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and anything else you need to note daily. It’s also a great way to see this information alongside whatever else you have going on that day. For example if your blood pressure is elevated, you can see if it was a particularly stressful day.

You can create your own bullet and/ or signifier to log medical information. Use whatever signifier will catch your eye and help you find the information you need, but make it simple and quick to draw, nothing elaborate or time consuming. Remember the goal is to get your information down on the page quickly and easily so there is no barrier to recording your data.

In the Monthly calendar: This is a good way to track small amounts of data that you need to see over longer periods of time. You won’t be able to see as much detail, but it’s a good way to notice patterns.

In a Collection: Having your data in a separate Collection is an easy way to keep track of numbers. This is also a convenient way to notice change over time when you see all the data grouped together.

In a Tracker: Using a designated tracker for symptoms can help you notice frequency and trends. There are loads of different types of trackers, but in general simpler is best. Use whatever allows you to note down your information quickly and see it easily.

You might also consider if you want to track your medical condition in its own separate notebook instead of in your main bullet journal. A pocket size notebook can go everywhere with you all the time, and might be more convenient if you don’t want to take your bullet journal with you every time you go out.

Rhodiarama softcover dot grid notebooks in A5 and Pocket size

Use whatever works for you. The most important things to consider are that whatever type of tracking method you use, it needs to be easy (so you’ll use it regularly) and accessible (so you or someone else can access it in an emergency or at a doctor’s appointment).

For more tips on bullet journaling, look for our Rhodia bullet journaling posts here on Rhodia Drive on the first three Fridays of each month!

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3 thoughts on “Rhodia bullet journaling post 5: Tracking medical conditions in your bullet journal

  1. Really good idea. I keep similar information in the heath section of my iPhone but a pocket notebook seems a lot more functional.

  2. Hi James, thank you very much for your suggestion! I have passed on your request to the appropriate people.

  3. Good ideas here. :-) I do wish you’d make some of the journals, webbies etc in dot grid with extra white paper. I buy the dot grid pads in extra white. Not a fan of ivory paper. Prefer extra white for high contrast and bright colors.

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