Your Heart Book

Before we start, this is too good to pass up, but almost too short for its own post. If you haven’t seen Something the Lord Made and are still wondering if you should, here’s just enough to make you want more:

Go ahead and go to the video store, we’ll wait! πŸ™‚

I really wish that there had been time to at least drive by Johns Hopkins Hospital when I was in Baltimore recently; I haven’t been there since I was a little boy. All I remember about the hospital was the large statue of Jesus. (Seen over the guard’s shoulder when he tells Blalock that Vivien Thomas has to enter through the back door) No doctors, no nurses, just that large statue. He’s 10 feet tall, and the podium he is standing on is at least four feet high. And when you are five years old looking up at Him, he looks like he’s several stories tall!

Now on to the subject of today’s post… do you have a Heart Book?

Actually, you need two heart books, and maybe three. And I’m not talking about a product you buy at a hospital or order from a website: It’s actually a plain notebook. You make it into a Heart Book.

Whenever a doctor tells you something that you need to know about your (or your Cardiac Kid’s) heart, you write it down. This is the reason you want two notebooks: One of them a nice, fairly large notebook, and the other a smaller pad, one that can fit in your pocket or purse, or even fit snugly into your waistband at the small of your back if needed. You use the smaller pad to write down any information about your heart that you might need to know, and later, transfer it to the larger notebook. The smaller book is your “scratch pad”, while the larger book is something you can refer back to later if needed.

The smaller notebook can also be used to write down any questions that you might have for your doctor as they come to mind. Try to write down the actual question; too many times I write just down “key words”; when I read them later, I’ll think of the actual question. The problem is, it doesn’t always work that way. Too many times I look at my key words and ask myself “What did I mean by THAT?!?!” So you can use your smaller book to write down your questions and to summarize the answers, and transfer it to the larger Heart Book in nice and neat text. If you have to refer to it in a crisis, you want to be able to read it.

People who are really, really organized may want to get a third Heart Book. They would use the first two as already described, but the third book would be even larger than the second and perhaps even alphabetized. Then, they would transfer the information in the second Heart Book to the third, nicely organized and cross referenced. For example, if your doctor says “Eating 1.7 ounces of Chocolate at 4:00 PM each day will eliminate the need for all of your medication!” (How I wish that were true!) the organized person would write that fact under C for Chocolate, D for Diet, and M for Medications.

That’s a little too organized for me, but some folks like to do it that way. If you do, more power to you! But no matter how you do it, you really need to start building a Heart Book.

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4 Responses to “Your Heart Book”

  1. Jessica Caperton Says:

    I’ll definitely be renting that! Thanks for the preview. I’d never heard of that movie! πŸ™‚

  2. Steve Says:

    Oh, it is a *great* movie, well worth viewing! Everyone who is anyone in the early days of Heart Surgery is in the film — Alfred Blalock, Vivien Thomas, Helen Taussig, Denton Cooley, and William Longmire!

    Sorry to be so late answering you; I’ve been out all day!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    where can i find that chocolate prescribing doctor?

  4. Steve Says:

    If you find him/her, let me know! πŸ™‚

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