Personal Health History

I recently took a webinar that briefly covered health literacy- how well you process, understand and communicate your health needs. It got me thinking about knowing my medical history. Since we are getting ready to transfer care I thought I would update my current system to an in depth document to help me keep track of all the little details. I’ve made it available to you!

Be sure to make copies of all insurance cards (front and back) and put the copies with these documents!

 

What is a personal health history?

A medical history provides detailed information about your health. This can help identify risks for certain diseases. Many disease are inherited and having a written medical history can be crucial in determining risks, treatment and even what tests should be ordered.

It takes into consideration lifestyle, hereditary, and environmental factors as well.

Having the medical history wrote down can make things go smoother in case of an emergency. It can also help keep track of medications, diagnosis and treatments. A complete medical history can help care of elderly parents and can be a valuable record for children when they begin to make their own medical decisions.

 

What should be included?

Start current

Medical conditions

Medications, doses and schedule, include supplements and over the counter drugs

Current doctors, specialists and other health care providers

Allergies, including food, medications and environmental

Lifestyle factors including tobacco use, exercise, diet etc

Sexual preferences, include number and gender of partners and birth control choices

Insurance Information- include a copy of any insurances cards

Also consider having an Advanced Directive for Health Care and/or Living Will

Continue maintaining these records- Ask for a summary of each visit be sent to you, along with any test results (Buyer Beware! There may be a cost involved. Ask first!) Update medications when necessary and any other information that changes.

 

Past History

Past conditions and illnesses

Surgeries and hospitalizations

Immunizations

Lifestyle factors including tobacco use, exercise, diet etc

Past (Long term) medications, when, and doses if known

Consider noting previous care providers and their contact information

If you have extensive history, you may want to contact former providers for a summary of your treatment with them. (Buyer Beware! There may be a cost involved so ask first!)

 

Family History

Your parents and grandparents medical histories can offer some insight to your own health, including risk factors, hereditary conditions and some ancestry groups are at more risk for other diseases than others. In your history, include cause of death and age. Also include diagnoses (Like mother having a heart attack or paternal grandfather having Alzheimer’s).

 

A detailed history can take some time to complete. But is well worth the effort. I started keeping basic notes that I kept in my calendar when the A was diagnosed with peanut and tree nut allergies. Knowing what tests were ordered and what was discussed at previous appointments helped appointments go much smoother. I’ve updated my document and expanded it quite a lot. I’ll be working on filling it in over the next few weeks.

 

Download and print the Health History form. It is long- 9 pages.

updated 8-1-14 Added secondhand smoke and carbon monoxide detector questions Medical History Info

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Fantastic Food Friday- Marinated Turkey Burgers with Mango Salsa

I had 4 premade turkey burgers I needed to use up. I found a recipe through the Just Eat Real Food Facebook page and loosely base our burgers on it. Go to Against All Grain for the original recipe but here’s what I did. (I omitted several ingredients and changed some others.)

1/2 c pineapple juice

2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon evoo

2 minced garlic cloves

½ tsp ground ginger

Mix it all up and let the burgers marinade for a while. I wish I would have let mine marinade for longer than 20 minutes, but it was last minute and we were starving!

 

While the turkey burgers are on cooking on your grill pan, mix up the salsa for the topping. The salsa definitely took the burgers from good to great.

½ cup chopped mango

½ cup pineapple

½ cup diced tomato

4 fresh basil leaves chopped up

2 tablespoons red onion

2 tablespoons pineapple juice

Blend all ingredients in a food processor (I love my manual one from Pampered Chef!), until you get a chunky salsa texture. Top burgers with salsa.

 

While we didn’t use a bun, I think these would be great on a thin bun or wrapped in lettuce. And while the girls didn’t like the salsa too much, both loved the burger. Even my 5 year old, who hates anything that looks like a hamburger.

 

What’s your favorite recipe you’ve found through Facebook?

Balancing Diapers

Finding a balance when it comes to wellness can be tricky. But balance is why I even considered giving up my beloved cloth diapers for a while.

You see, I was feeling overwhelmed keeping up with the laundry and the house and cooking and…. With a newborn that wants to eat constantly, and a 3 and 5 year old that need attention too, I felt like I was drowning.

When you feel like that, it’s time to step back and reevaluate. Realigning our budget was easy. Reconciling the effects of environment or my mental health was a bigger challenge. Ultimately, I decided that handling my risk of anxiety and depression needed to be addressed first. In our family, an overly stressed out mom is not a good mom. So that meant taking some things off my plate.

Yeah, I feel a little guilty every time I toss a diaper into the garbage, but I also breathe a sigh of relief at the end of the day when I don’t have another load of laundry to do. Finding balance in living well might mean giving something up that’s good. And that’s okay. Finding balance in living well means making it work for you.

I’m not giving up on cloth diapers completely, though. We’ll try it again in a few months when we’ve had a little more time to get used to being a family of 5.

 

Mount Washmore

Have you had to give up something healthy or good to live even healthier? What is something that you might need to give up in order to find a better balance?

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Cakes

There’s a reason why I don’t share many baking recipes. I hate baking. I would so much rather make a 3 course gourmet meal than bake a cake. I favor no bake desserts. When people ask what they can bring, I tell them dessert. I send my girls to nana’s house to bake Christmas cookies.

So when I DO bake something it’s a big event. Or birthday.

In this case, it was the day before my daughter’s birthday. (She turned 5 last week! Eep!) She LOVES muffins and she LOVES oatmeal and she LOVES blueberries. I found a recipe for blueberry oatmeal muffins. So I made them for her as a birthday treat. She said they were the BEST CUPCAKES EVER!

I didn’t have the heart to tell her they were muffins, so here what you need to know about Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Cakes:

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Now, I’ll tell you, you have to soak the oats in the milk over night, but the rest mixes up pretty quick, bakes in about 25 minutes and BAM! You have little mini baked oatmeal servings. They are pretty small, so we each had 2 or 3 with some Greek yogurt. I think during the school year, I would bake them on Sunday and have them on hand for throughout the week. You will want to warm them up though. Cold oatmeal = ew!

Go here to get the complete recipe!

internet is back!

woo hooo!! Our internet is finally hooked up and functioning! I’m so glad, I know you all have been missing me!

Here’s a recap of the past two months!

moved, passed exams, got all A’s in my classes, was told to keep my feet up as much as possible (ha ha ha, yeah right!), had a c section, came home with a 9 pound bundle of amazing-ness, told I couldn’t left anything heavier than my baby, twist, bend or drive for 2 weeks, adjusting to life with 3 little princesses, got a pool, and threw a party for my oldest daughter who turned five yesterday.

Phew! We have been BUSY!

I’m planning on getting Fantastic Food Friday posts going again and I’m looking forward to writing some posts on health, nutrition and family! I’m sure it will take me several weeks before I’m back in a groove, but I’ll get there!

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