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« on: February 05, 2009 09:10:34 PM »

Hooray! I got finished - JUST under the wire!

So my resolution this year was to take better care of my health. I've got a few, um, intensive health concerns, and I'm terrible at making and keeping doctor appointments. In addition, I'm a brand-new stay-at-home dad, who needs to schedule for a 6 month old, a 10 year old, and a wife.

So, I decided to make this:

Our Board of Health!


This is the before picture. With a gratuitous helper kitty.

Started by cutting off the border from an old corkboard my father had made me.
(note: my father was the king of wood glue. If he COULD glue it, he WOULD, with nary a care whether he SHOULD glue it. This board was no exception.)


Cut off a side of a cereal box and painted it with chalkboard paint (my favourite craft supply ever.)


Made two zippered books/pouches with ziploc bags for pages (a la [a href="http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283977.0"]zuliblu[/a]

One is for storing various medical related receipts for insurance filing and taxes.
The other will be for organizing other medical papers - references, letters, etc.

They tuck nicely in this pocket on the upper left of the Board:


I then covered an old mini-binder I was no longer using (*shudders* had to hand stitch it too -  if I had dismantled it, like I normally do when recovering, I would have lost use of the hardware I needed)

This will be my portable Book of Health. It has our doctor's numbers, our various health conditions and information, our medications (names and dosages), and also our health cards (Very important to Canadians!). Also, lovely top pocket for carrying random stuff like meds, prescriptions, etc.


A shot of the inside, with our health cards tucked neatly in there.

The Book of Health is held nicely in place by a tether, right on top of the filing pouches


On the right side of the Board is a calendar (always useful), and the blackboard, for reminders


In the middle and lower left of the Board is our doctor's cards. Note the amount. I've been collecting them for awhile, but keep losing them. In place of the ones I'm missing are some misprinted business cards of mine, backwards. They're holding down the fort until the real deal shows up.


I didn't blur these out 'cause I can't read 'em. I hope no one does anything crazy if they can read them.

So, yay! I now have all our medical information in one spot, it's right by the computer so I can't 'forget' to call (plus the numbers are, like, RIGHT THERE), plus I can grab the Book on my way out the door and never again sit with one of my kids at the pediatrician's trying desperately to remember at what age they had had a kidney infection.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009 09:20:05 PM »

I need one of those!  And I'm loving that fabric...too cute!
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2009 11:03:42 PM »

This is a great idea, especially to keep track of all those cards.  I love the fabric too!
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2009 05:04:05 AM »

fantastic idea, amazing execution! 
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2009 05:34:45 AM »

Wow that's an excellent idea!  I need to make myself one of these hehe!
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2009 06:48:17 AM »

Yay for gratuitous helper kitty. There are so many shots of cats on half-finished work on Craftster; they'd make a good coffee table book.

Well done on the board. It looks great.
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2009 07:54:19 AM »

Thanks for the kind comments!

Yes, it really is helping already. I've made an appointment for my son's 6-month checkup, and have also called Dr. W (like I reminded myself on the chalkboard)

Lol at the fabric - I had bought this with some vague intention of making a first aid kit, but when I started this challenge, it was hijacked Smiley I'm in awe of just how far 1 metre of quilter's cotton stretched in this project.

I would buy a coffee table book with gratuitous helper kitty photos. I had put down the board, turned around for the camera, and kitty was in the shot. At least that time he wasn't ON the project, like he usually is.

There was almost a pic of a gratuitous helper baby as well, as my son kept trying to grab Daddy's fun new toy. And also refused to nap while I was crafting.

Best part of this craft: My wife loves it. She even loves it while half the house is covered in craft-related tools, scraps, and refuse. This does not happen. Ever. I'm basking in it Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2009 10:05:16 AM »

This is a great idea, and as already mentioned, the fabric is too cute!  I'm glad it's worked out for your family.

P.s. I love to see projects by fellow Saskatchewanians Tongue (especially ones as awesome as this!)
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2009 04:07:45 PM »

i just adore it!  when i worked in a group home, each individual had their own medical binder, but i think something like this would be 800 times better!
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2009 12:14:48 PM »

this is brilliant!    And *wave* from a fellow Saskatchewanian.... I recognized some of the cards.  No I cant read em, but even blurry symbols are recognizable.
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