From time to time, we all get sick. In many cases, we may have to help out members of our household who are sick. Keeping track of the initial symptoms and medications taken can be a challenge. Check out our Medicine and Illness Tracker, which can help you log the details.
How to Use the Medicine and Illness Tracker
Start by writing down the name of the person who is sick. Next, jot down a brief description of the initial symptoms, along with the date and time.
For example: Billy
Monday, 2/11 – Started with the stomach bug at 7:00 p.m. Last meal prior to getting sick was peanut butter and jelly sandwich at 5:00 p.m.
Use the rest of the chart to keep track of what happens. Include things like:
Let’s continue with our example:
2/11 8:30 a.m. Vomited
2/11 9:15 a.m. Vomited
2/12 4:00 a.m. Vomited
2/12 8:00 a.m. Started sips of ginger ale
2/12 12:30 p.m. Fever of 101.7;
2/12 12:40 p.m. Ate 1 club cracker;
2/12 12:45 p.m. Acetaminophen (per doctor every 4 hours as needed)
2/12 1:30 p.m. Temperature 100.3
2/12 2:30 p.m. Temperature 99.3
2/12 4:00 p.m. Ate 3 Club Crackers
This chart makes it simple to take a look and see when the person was last sick, what time you gave the medicine, and how the fever responded to the medicine.
Printable Medicine and Illness Tracker
Below is a printable Medicine and Illness Tracker for you to print and use:
Do you have a health condition? Does someone in your family take medication on a regular basis? If so, you may want to carry a medication card in your wallet.
It’s important to know the names and dosage amounts of all medication. This means prescriptions and over the counter medications. In a medical emergency, the doctors will need to know this information.
Below you will find a blank Medication Wallet Card. This card was designed to fit in your wallet, and is the size of a credit card.
Step 1: Print the free printable Medication Wallet Card below.
Include the full name of the medicine as well as the dosage amount. It may also be helpful to write down the time you normally take this medicine.
Next, fill out your Emergency Contact Information.
Step 3: Cut to size. When finished, it should be the size of a credit card.
Step 4: For more stability, glue the two pieces onto heavier paper and keep in your wallet.
You may also want to make an extra Medical Wallet Card to give to your spouse, relative or close friend, so that there is more than one copy.
Check the information frequently, and update with any changes.
Not sure what to do with your empty pill bottles? Consider saving one of each. Place them all in a zip-loc bag. In case of an emergency at home, you or a relative can take out the bag and give it to the emergency professionals. They can read each bottle, and get the information they need.