6 posts tagged “Doctor Visit Sheet”

A Peek at the February Newsletter for Members

Posted February 27th, 2012 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our February edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive. See what we’ve been up to recently, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.

MONTHLY MUSINGS

Ever feel like you’re so busy seeing specialists that it’s easy to forget about your annual physical?  In addition to checking up on your overall health, an “annual” is a great time to monitor your blood work – such as cholesterol and Vitamin D levels – which you can now record on your PatientsLikeMe profile.  It’s also a good opportunity to discuss any new concerns with your primary care physician (PCP).

But with only a few minutes with your PCP and a whole year’s worth of health matters to cover, it can be hard to remember what’s happened between visits, and even harder to get to everything that’s important. Fortunately, your printable and customizable Doctor Visit Sheet (DVS) can help.  Bring this complete record with you to jog your memory and get your doctor updated quickly.

You Can Even Email Your Doctor Visit Sheet to Your Care Team Before Your Appointment

The DVS now includes your InstantMe history along with all the helpful notes you’ve made about things like treatment changes and new or repeat symptoms.  Bottom line: the more you use InstantMe, the more details you’ll have about how you’ve been feeling – and why.

Are you due for an “annual”?  Customize and print your DVS here.

Kate, Emma, Liz, Jeanette & Sharry

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

What’s happening in the forum?  Check out some of these active threads below.  Then jump in with your own questions and answers.

Need help with something on the site?  Visit the PatientsLikeMe Site Help Room for answers from veteran members.

PUTTING THE “INSTANT” IN INSTANTME

A Screenshot of the InstantMe Survey (Which Asks "How Are You Feeling?") on Your Smartphone

Did you know there’s a mobile version of InstantMe that’s now available for iPhone, iPad and, most recently, Android users? We hope it’s a convenient way to record how you’re feeling on the go – whether you’re in the line at the store or watching your child’s soccer game.  Stay tuned as we continue to improve Mobile InstantMe in 2012.


A Peek at the January Newsletter for Members

Posted January 26th, 2012 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our January edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive. See what we’ve been up to recently, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.

MONTHLY MUSINGS

Have you been told, “But you don’t look sick”?  You’re not alone.  In our November newsletter, we mentioned how many of you use “The Spoon Theory” to describe the realities of your condition to others.  From MS to fibromyalgia to depression, “The Spoon Theory” has become such a popular analogy that it has its own forum tag.

Find Out What "Spoons" and "Forks" Mean in Patient Parlance

The idea is that patients living with a chronic illness have only a small number of spoons to use each day.  As a result, they must carefully choose how they expend their energy, as each task or effort costs one spoon.  If they use up all their spoons too early, that’s all they can manage for the day.  The drawer of spoons is empty.

If you’ve found “The Spoon Theory” helpful in getting friends and family to understand, you may be interested to hear there’s a new (and quite humorous) companion analogy called “The Fork Theory,” developed by MS member OldSalt. Unlike spoons, forks are not something to cherish, but the very things that cause you pain and discomfort.  Every day, the forks poke you, get in the way and pose challenges.  You can try to put them in a drawer, but they’ll always return when you least expect.

Can you relate to this notion of “battling forks” throughout your day?  If so, perhaps your friends and family can too.

Kate, Emma, Liz, Jeanette & Sharry

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

What’s happening in the forum?  Check out some of these active threads below.  Then jump in with your own questions and answers.

Need help with something on the site?  Visit the PatientsLikeMe Site Help Room for answers from veteran members.

FIND PATIENTS LIKE YOU

The new Tools section (found in your profile sidebar) contains some oldies but goodies like your 3-Star Guide and Doctor Visit Sheet.  But it also has some new additions like Patients Like Me. This is where you can see a match up of all the patients who are like you and explore their recent activity.  It’s also the easiest place to find new members to follow.  (Looking for even more people to follow? Invite Others to join PatientsLikeMe.)

The New "Patients Like Me" Feature Is Found in the "Tools" Section of Your Profile Sidebar