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Advocate Your Health: Pt. 1

Gloria Lopez-Cordle

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from Personal Medical Journal

Request copies of your X-ray films for your permanent files. They can be used as a comparison and/or provide necessary information needed for a treatment. These can prove invaluable. If you have several physicians you visit, or when you are traveling, be sure to take the pertinent information with you. The X-ray films fit perfectly in an art portfolio available at your local art supply store.

If you have special needs or you are a caregiver for such an individual, make a video on what is needed for care. Include feeding, bathing, cooking, transfer techniques, and personal care. Jot down where items need to be located in the kitchen, bathroom, and the house, and notes to assist other caregivers and/or attendants. If X-ray films are available, you can tape them to a window with some type of light behind them, so while you are videotaping you will be able to explain the medical situation. Also, if there is equipment required, this is the perfect opportunity to explain how to use it, what areas of concern require special attention, type of maintenance, and any other information. This provides a continuum of care to enhance the quality of life of an individual and helps eliminate the repetition of information. Look for my upcoming book for caregivers to assist a person with long-term care needs and to maintain stabilized medical care.

Consider your journal as a tool to assist you. As you use it, you will no longer need to memorize every detail regarding your medical history. The professional is generally pleased to see you are organized and have the information he or she needs for your optimum care.

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