October 20, 2014

A Personal Log to Track Blood Pressure and Medications

I've been struggling to manage the timing and dosages of the many pills I take. Last Friday, I described the challenge in this post.

A thoughtful reader offered a helpful suggestion in this email:

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Save the attached file to your iPad and use it to track your medication and blood pressure (BP) records. Just put X in each of the meds columns to mark when you took meds (or # of pills taken if levodopa doses vary), then type in your BP readings. In the next column, enter anything you attempted other than meds -- wearing abdominal binder, drinking cold water, eating salt, etc.

Those columns are the only part you need to send your doctors. I included a final column where you can record your personal comments – digestion, sleep, dizziness, etc. You can delete that column before sending to your docs, unless they indicate otherwise. They probably won’t want it.

Open the blank table and “Save as New” every day to create a new record. Or you can copy/paste a new blank table into last page of a Word document to keep a week’s record in one file. Using an Excel spreadsheet to document a full week -- with days shown side-by-side -- would be even better, but I suspect you’re more adept with Word than Excel.

I think this type of table will give you and your docs a much clear picture of any pattern that emerges.

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Thanks for this great idea!

Here's what that attached document looked like. If you'd like a copy in MSWord, just send a note to jschappi@gmail.com and I'll email it back to you.
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Other intervention

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