Why You Should Look Through Your Medical Records

There are many good reasons you should have a copy of your records, your child’s records and your spouse’s records. The most basic reason is if you move, you would need to find a new doctor and having complete copies of your medical records make this important. Not only do you not have to wait for doctors to request and receive records but you get to look through them and make sure everything is accurate. Doctors see multiple patients every day and that means they are busy.

When I was younger I had a heart issue that was caused by my brain, they had told me if medication did not work I would need a pace maker. Thankfully no pace maker was required. However, when seeing doctors I disclose the heart condition, a hand specialist I saw in 2011 noted in my records that I have a stent in my heart. Nope, that is 100% incorrect, if I hadn’t looked through my medical records though I would have never know about this error that could be passed on to other doctors.

Keeping your child’s medical records is a great idea because you never know where they may end up as an adult. As a parent you have to keep updated copies of vaccination records for school, but most people stop keeping track after the school no longer requires them. If your child travels abroad they will need copies of all vaccinations, if they end up going to college across the country or moving out and leaving town, they will need to find a doctor and having that information at hand makes everything much easier.

I believe in advocacy for yourself and those you care for so much that each of my children, my husband, myself and my dogs all have folders with their health information. This probably seems weird to most people, once I received a service dog I had a folder with all of his information in it from the tests and shots they had given him so it just seemed natural to continue. Now, we have 3 big dogs and I have all of their information too, including blood tests since these most often show you the first time there’s a problem.


Vaccinations and the Immune Compromised Public

New York County just banned children in public places if they are not vaccinated for the Measles. Holy cow, please do not start freaking out as I have not even said anything yet.

I am 100% for people making their own choices for their family and their kids, that being said, I am also for not becoming deathly ill because of those people’s choices. I made a comment on Facebook about how I am glad this is the case because people who have immune issues should not have to be subjected to diseases that there are vaccines for when they are going about their daily business.

In case you are unaware, when your immune system is compromised that means even if you were vaccinated for the disease it no longer matters, you are at risk because your immune system does not work the way it is supposed to.

It got so many comments, one person in particular told me I should stay inside my house forever. (Thanks for that lady, I wasn’t starting a fight I was just sharing my personal opinion.) Not once did I name call a person, call them stupid or an idiot or say that their opinion was not valid. Other people did, some were very rude actually and I get that you can be passionate about a subject but if you follow my blog than you know that I want to be a better example for my kids on how we should treat people and I do try to live what I am preaching to my kids.

Another person pointed out, rightly, that I did not choose to have the immune system I am currently blessed with, and the chemo medication I take to keep it from eating my brain. (I am paraphrasing here because I didn’t share why my immune system was compromised or that I take chemo medication.)

MS shows up differently for each person who has it, different medications work for different people and the severity of symptoms ranges widely. For me, MS shows up like a giant a-hole villain who is getting paid to make my life a living nightmare. There are days when I get questioned about why I have a service dog because I am walking normal, there are other days where I probably look like a total drunk and it’s obvious that I could not stand upright without him.

Now I think kids should get vaccinations, I am okay with whatever that looks like; the standard schedule, a longer schedule whichever. A kid just spent 2 months in the hospital for treatment of Tetanus for crying out loud, and I know that there are still people who believe these shots are dangerous but science says that is false, also the kid with tetanus cost $800,000 to cure. The shot is free with insurance!

Now if you are a parent who doesn’t want your child vaccinated, fine, please home school them and keep them in your house, because I just realized it’s your choice to make and people with crap immune systems should not have to worry more or become shut-ins because you don’t want to vaccinate your child.

We as people and/or parents, make choices every day, please be mindful of the entire human population when making choices. I vaccinate my dogs so they don’t get sick, my kids because I love them and want them to be as healthy as they can, myself so I don’t die of something stupid. Also, I don’t drive into oncoming traffic putting other people’s lives at risk because I think it’s a better way to drive.