Earlier this week I had the blessing of having a “GI bug.” At first I thought I had food poisoning. Later I was sure I was dying. (Don’t worry…I wasn’t.) Anyway, at one point I was holding a bucket closing my eyes to try to keep the one bite of Saltine cracker in the right place if you get my drift, and at the same time was explaining to Mom how many drops of vitamin D Sam gets and where to put the probiotics. At that point it dawned on me: there should be a better way to do this.
So, later, I did what I always do when faced with a problem. I opened up a Word Document and started writing. I made a little chart called “Sam’s information.” Probably everyone in the world already has this document for their kids, but I still felt very efficient and responsible. My document records things like allergies, dr. number, where to find the insurance card, as well as Sam’s favorite foods for breakfast, his naptime routine, and what to do if he wakes up in the middle of the night. I forwarded it to anyone who might watch Sam. I do think it will be helpful, because even the people closest to Sam don’t know which inhaler to give and things like that. And heck, you never know when you’ll be holding a barf bucket or delivering a baby and trying to convey important information. If you are interested in seeing my chart, I’ll forward it to you.