Four Little Things

Notebooks, Boards, Visitors, and Blogs


One of the best pieces of advice we were given when my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease was this: keep a medical notebook. Take notes every time you go to the doctor because sometimes it’s hard to remember what they have said when you get home. This advice has been invaluable. So, we bought a composition book and have been using it for 20 years! (Actually, we are in our 4th one.) We have been diligent about taping a business card from every doctor to the inside front cover. That saves time looking up their address, phone or FAX number when we need it.

However, lately we have changed Neurologists, and now our primary care doctor and Neurologist are both part of Piedmont Health Care System. They both give us a print-out at the end of each visit. So, we have switched to a 3-ring binder. It works for us! What about you? Do you keep a notebook of some sort? We would love to hear about it.


Early in this blog I mentioned that we keep a white board in the main room of our house that reminds us of what is happening on each day. Ours changes daily, while I know some of you like to do yours by the week or at least a few days. Here’s an example.

We have done this for at least 3 years, and it is still helpful today. This past week brought about a funny experience with that board. We had 3 things scheduled for Thursday. None of them actually happened on Thursday! However, all 3 people who were to visit, rescheduled for Friday! So, this time I just changed the day of the week! We do whatever works, right?

Next week I’m going to add the date because somehow the dates are getting past me. I just realized that tomorrow is September!


For the past few weeks since Hubby’s hospital visit, we have had home healthcare visits from the nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and nursing aide who bathes him when she comes. First, a shout-out to those wonderful people. They have been so kind and courteous, as well as professional. Second, while it means I have cleaned my house daily because of having visitors, they have been so helpful in trying to keep hubby out of the hospital again. So, here is a huge thank you to them.


I am thinking of changing the format of my blog. My idea is that just the latest blog will be visible, but then show a list of former blogs by topic. That way you could find a former blog easily and be able to read it with just one click. Any thoughts? Please let me know if you like this idea.

Thank you for reading and encouraging me with this blog. I have enjoyed writing, and I look forward each week to sharing what’s happening with us. I hope it encourages you and lets you know that others have similar issues and concerns.

Have a great weekend and week ahead.

Published by parkinsonscare

I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

2 thoughts on “Four Little Things

  1. You were the one who introduced us to the concept of the whiteboard. It has been such a success that now my husband is sure to remind me if I have not written on it. 🙂. I usually do 2-3 days out, as more than that can become confusing.
    I used to think that I could remember the drugs taken, effectiveness, and side effects. That is no longer the case, so I must do better with a log. Thanks for the reminder.
    Organizing the blogs by topic is a great idea! If the date of the blog could also be added, perhaps that may come in useful too.
    Thank you so much for all that you share in your dedicated blogs!

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    1. We do have too many things to remember now, with medications, blood pressure, weight, falls, etc. Writing them down just makes sense!
      Thank you for your continued support and encouragement, my dear friend. I’m so glad we can share in this way. Have a great week ahead.


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