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Organizing During Medical Challenges | Clutter Video Tip

October 20, 2019

Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter
Diet book and on-line program, and today we’re going to talk about organizing in the face
of medical challenges. Why am I bringing this up? Because I am wearing currently this lovely
piece of fashion footwear on my foot. I have a running injury; I kind of overdid it. So
I’m grateful for the boot because it’s helping me get better, it’s helping keep me out of
pain, but it definitely has caused me to rethink a lot of my routines and plan a little bit
more. So let’s talk about some of the changes that you have to make during a medical challenge. So first you have to do a lot more planning.
So in my case, for example, everything takes longer and I need more help than I usually
do. So, if we’re going through the grocery store, I’ve really got to think about the
way I’m walking through so I don’t have to back-track and, you know, double around and
do more steps than I’m supposed to. I also need to allow more time when I’m getting ready
in the morning. And I need to just ask people to go pick up things for me and I need to
not be walking around quite so much. So you do have to think ahead when you have medical
challenges. You have more doctor’s appointments to plan, you need to sit and do your weekly
planning for sure. We have a video all about that. The other thing that comes up is that you
may have little projects that need to happen to organize, let’s say, medications and supplements
for example. So we have a whole video about that too. But you might want to use a sorter
like this once a week and sit down and deal out all the medications so that that’s already
figured out and done and you can actually see what’s been given and hasn’t been given.
Also, you might want to have a system for logging some of the information involved in
a health challenge. So for medication dosing, you can do a couple
of different things. If it’s very simple, you might just use a wipe-off board and say,
“The next dose is due at this time” and just wipe it off and write the next one on as soon
as you give it. You might have batteries to change in medical equipment, or you might
have ice to change every few hours. The wipe-off board is a great way to do that if things,
again, are very simple. If you’re [POP] sharing care-giving responsibilities, it’s probably
better to do it as a log, so that there’s a history written down, not just something
wiped off every few hours on a board. So you might want to create some kind of a log print-out.
I have this in our Member Area. It’s a family medication dosing chart. So if you have two
children that have strep throat, you can log all their antibiotic doses and make sure they’ve
all been given. You can use this however you like, but — and you can create your own — but
the point is that you may need to have a history of things. Obviously, you might need alarms, and everybody’s
got a smart phone, or at least a phone that will do alarms, you know, when you put them
in the calendar somewhere in your apps that you have. You can use this wisely for medication
dosing and all kinds of things. Changing ice, whatever you need to do. Another thing I wanted to mention is that
you may have a lot of information to gather as far as medical tests are concerned. And
you may have various doctors that need to share that information. Certainly they have
their own systems for doing that. But I have found it very valuable to use Evernote for
my medical records for my own reasons. So I like having that to reference. And I’m able
to share that with other people very easily. So MRI reports, X-rays, different things like
that, you can actually capture in Evernote if you have the hard copy or the digital copy.
It’s very easy to do. And then you can send people a link to that if they want to look
at it. So much easier than having to wait for a doctor’s office to do the sending for
you. If you want to get a copy of that family medication
dosing chart, you can see that in our Member Area and find out how to be a member for free
for two weeks with our Quick Start Program. So you can find out more about that at See you next time, and may you always be happy
and grateful for having more than enough.


  • Reply Eyes 2 C May 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Would you happen to have a tutorial on using Evernote? I downloaded the app and can't figure it out. Great tips. Thank u and get better soon! ?

  • Reply Victoria Mather May 29, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I hope you feel better soon! Thinking ahead always helps : )

  • Reply Brenda Benson May 30, 2014 at 4:49 am

    ouch re: the boot!  Good idea thought to talk about this. Thank you!

  • Reply Jhan Jar May 30, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    sooooo saddened to hear about this….  wish one could be a helping hand… Forgive me, but I have to mention how lovely the manicure looks on your hands!

  • Reply Cindi Lusardi April 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I found your channel while dealing with my own medical challenge…. I have been wearing a "fashion don't" on my left leg, recovering from a very complicated orthopedic injury. I have been out of commission for almost 7 months. I have been in an organizing frenzy. My husband would take me to purchase my supplies and push my wheelchair around stores I am certain he would rather not be in, and he would bring drawers to my bed for me to organize. During my recuperation I have purged and reorganized every dresser drawer, and every kitchen drawer and we have a Goodwill drop off 3 blocks from my front door! It has been a regular Sunday drop off for quite a few weeks now. Thank you for your videos, I enjoy them and I think I have watched every one (at least once) keep em coming!!!

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