Health

Migraine Headache Journal

If you suffer from headaches, the most useful thing for your doctor to help you diagnose it is a journal of the most recent instances. This form design was inspired by a pamphlet at a doctor's office, only this one gives you way more room to record things properly.

The form has columns to record the date, start & end time, the possible triggers, the symptoms and the treatment you tried. At the end of each page is a reminder of commons trigger sources for migraine type headaches. There is room for a lucky 13 headaches per page.

This is a classic sized page, with two pages on a single 8.5 x 11 (print and cut in half for two pages). This was created using Microsoft Excel, and printed to an Adobe PDF format.

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, just a lifelong headache sufferer. Use at your own risk. Take two of these and call someone else in the morning.

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When the headache first begins, record the time. Record what it feels like (pain in the forehead, back, all over, etc.). Look at the possible triggers list and try and remember exposure to any of those items in the past 24 hours.

In the treatment column, record any pills or other techniques you used to try and alleviate the pain. When the headache ends, write down the time.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel
Language: 
English

On Multi-Tasking and Self-Improvement

I woke up early this morning to find the ground covered with snow, and little hint of the oncoming dawn. A quick shower, a bagel, and a short dog walk later, and I was hurrying out the door and on my way to work. The -10C wind whippoorwilled the dry flakes against my checks. I bundled my scarf tighter around my neck and pulled my aging fedora down a trifle lower, hunching my shoulders together in an effort to keep warm. I paused near the bus stop, fingered the bus pass in my pocket, and then walked onwards down the main strip. It's a day for self-improvement.

My life lately has been little except waking up, working a long day, taking care of my sons, doing a little bit of work around the house (we're still in the process of setting up after the big move), and then collapsing into bed for a few hours' sleep before waking up again. Rinse and repeat. There seemed to be little time for relaxation, yet alone for something as potentially time-consuming as personal or professional development. A glance at my bookshelves reveals some 30 or 40 books I want to read in the near future, and my someday/maybe lists have been displaced by next action lists so long that I've had to break them apart by priority as well as context. There just isn't enough hours in the day to do anything besides those tasks related to basic obligations. Or is there?

Diabetes Meal Log

This is my first usable attempt at a Meal Log for Diabetics. Please let me know what you think, and any changes that may be helpful.

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Use this to track your meals, and snacks. for tracking Diabetes

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

Workplace Spirituality: Finding Happiness in a 9-to-5 Job



Spring is here, the weather outside grows warmer and the world blossoms and deepens in green. Instead of being outside, tending to the wild forest that has overtaken my backyard, or hiking in the hills, I’m inside, working; building rapport at my new job at a company who’s giving me work I love to do. Once again I am working hard and trying to find the balance between my work-life and “home” life. Productivity (getting things done) has always been one of my main strengths at a company. However, I usually go overboard, shoving aside the other side of my life, my spirituality. Disconnecting myself from what I want to do, believe in and value and letting others define who I am.

We spend so much time at work: inventing new processes and creating new toys to make us more useful that sometimes our core values and beliefs get lost amongst the paperwork and email. We forget to take a break and remember what our true purpose is and sometimes that we are allowed to enjoy what we call “work”. We dissociate ourselves from our spirit and passions. We become cogs in the machine. Of course, I disbelieve that this has to happen. I like to think that we can strike a balance between having a spiritual self and a 9-to-5 job. I think that spirituality in the workplace is attainable and that people can enjoy and have fun in their work-life.

Organ Donor Card

If you want to donate organs and/or tissues, fill in this card and put it in your wallet.

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- This card is available in English (for US citizens) and French (for French citizens).

1. For more information about organs/tissues donation in the USA: http://www.organdonor.gov/
2. Don't forget to talk about your choice to your relatives and friends

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1. Pour en savoir plus sur le don d'organes/tissus en France: http://www.efg.sante.fr/fr/pub/don-vie.asp
2. N'oubliez pas d'en parler à votre famille et vos amis
Le don c'est la vie

Paper size: 
A4
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, FoxIt Reader) - OpenOffice Draw, Unzip Utility
Language: 
English, French

Water/Sleep Tracker

Keep track of glasses of water and number of hours of sleep with this Hipster PDA template.

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Use this template to keep track of your water intake and sleep! Each card conveniently holds a week of data. Mark glasses of water as you drink them, and hours slept when you wake up. Connect daily columns with lines in order to see trends over a week, and lay several cards side-by-side to see trends over longer periods of time.

(As you can see, I've not been getting enough sleep or water lately... Meep!)

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview) / PNG Viewer
Language: 
English

Weekly Glucose Sheet

This is a Weekly Glucose Tracking Sheet for Diabetes.

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Use this to track glucose readings during the day if you have diabetes.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview), OpenOffice.Org Draw, unzip utility
Language: 
English

Med Minder

Basic chart for tracking medications.

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Headings for:
Drug
Dosage
When (schedule)
Used For
Side Effects

If you go off a drug, line though it so you have a record of what you have taken.

PRN= As Needed (useful notation for when)

Whenever Possible use generic drug names rather then brand names

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader or Open Office 2.0 Draw
Language: 
English

Planning Your Way to Health

Food and ExerciseWho doesn't want better health? I'd love to be healthier, but it's easy to lose track of that goal after weeks of hitting the Snooze button and heading over to the local pizza joint for a slice of pepperoni and cheese. I'll eat better tomorrow, I keep promising myself. Well, with the D*I*Y Planner, I can't fool myself any longer.

If you want to improve something, you need to measure it. If you want better health, you need to keep track of what you're doing and what you're eating. The Matrix form (available for Hipster, Classic and A5) gives you a way to keep track of meals and exercise over 31 days, with an extra column for other things you want to note: how much water you drank, how early you woke up, how many calories you consumed (or burned), how happy you were with the day... Anything goes!