I thought I'd write this post after reading about some who have had problems with doctors & prescriptions. I have mentioned at other times the list I created on my medical info and thought maybe others could benefit from my experience.
I have all of my medical information in a printed packet that I carry with me everywhere. When I see a doctor or go to the hospital, I hand the packet to them & the make copies of it.
My first page is for getting their attention - Emergency Information that they need to know before they do ANYTHING to me (i.e. no tourniquet because it will blow my vein every time, no adhesive tape of any kind)
My second page contains my personal info (birthdate, address, etc.), emergency contacts, a list of all my doctors & their contact info, dates of surgeries & immunizations. This page also has the most recent date that I have updated all my info.
Next in my packet is a copy of my Durable Power of Attorney/Living Will.
Next I list all of my current meds, dosages, & schedule for taking them, along with the medical condition they are being taken for.
The next page may seem redundant to some people. On this page I list my health conditions and the treatment being received. I have this page because some of my health conditions are not being treated, but still affect how others conditions are treated.
My final pages are for all of my drug allergies along with the adverse reaction I had to each drug. I also list my food allergies in a separate section.
I keep this info on my computer so that when there is a change in my meds or allergies, I simply update the info and print a new copy. I laminate my pages to keep them neat and clean. I have found this med info packet to be so helpful for the doctors & myself. I hope others like this idea and will try it. I'd appreciate hearing anyone's thoughts on this. Let's help the doctors to help us!
Best wishes everyone!