We move. Frequently. Too frequently. And, unfortunately, our family has a novel’s worth of medical history. I learned a few years ago that it is easier to have everything typed out and ready to go when we visit a new physician. Generally, when we sign in, I hand the receptionist a copy of the history to add to our file. It’s just easier than hand-writing everything out. I still check the boxes on the intake form and sign on the dotted lines, but instead of explaining each incident, I can refer to the copy I have given to the office. It makes my life much easier.
Also, because I have our information in one spot, I don’t have to try and remember when it was that I had that surgery or illness. It’s right there in my notebook. I keep a copy of all our immunizations here as well. It makes it a little easier in the ER to tell them that yes, the tetanus booster was given just two years ago and I have the documentation to prove it.
The health section is also a great place to track weight loss, food intake, exercise plans and goals. A friend of mine keeps a copy of her points system in her notebook so she can easily find it. Basically, anything having to do with health and fitness can go here.