I just got back from the travel clinic, where I got seven (yes 7) vaccines. Ugh. While the nurse was writing down everything I had today, I asked if I was set for life for all of these or if I need boosters eventually. Turns out some of them need to be boosted 3 years from now, some 5 years from now, some 10 years and one 20 years from now. I'll never remember which is which.
Of course my kids and husband are getting all the same vaccines as we prepare to move to Indonesia. How will I ever remember who needs what and when?
Add that to the fact that we move so often we usually see a different doctor each year. This gets complicated when I have to have my annual female exam, my annual skin-cancer check at the dermatologist, kids' medical, dental and eye exams, on and on. Each new doc needs to know our history and anything that needs to be followed up.
I've realized that as we move (and move and move) and especially as the kids get older, I am going to have to figure out a way to keep it all straight in an accurate and accessible way.
Filofax to the rescue! I have decided to start a Medical Journal Filofax in one of my Personal size Filofaxes with a tabbed section for each of us to keep track of when we are due for vaccines (and which ones), who is due for which exams and when, general medical history, test results, and anything else that we might need when visiting a new doctor. In the A-Z section in the back I will record addresses and phone numbers of doctors we have seen, to make it easier to contact them later if needed. Shuffling around all over the world makes it impossible to have any medical continuity, so I have to create it for myself.
Does anyone else use a Filofax as a medical journal? Do you have any tips for me as I create mine?