I just got an email about a new book, produced by a Canadian nurse, mother, and photographer. This description alone makes me want to buy her book, and then invite her over for coffee to be my new best friend. I haven't actually seen the book in person, but I went to the website and drooled a little bit. Gorgeous photos and the type of document organization that makes me feel a bit faint with happiness!
Here's the website:
Again, I haven't actually seen the book/document organizer myself, and I'm certainly not getting a cut of the sales (in fact, I don't even think the sender of the email realized I had a website. They did ask me to forward the message to everyone in my address book, which I most certainly did not do. The "forward" button on my email might as well be colored red and hooked up somehow to a nuclear weapon for all the caution I exercise in using it.)
It does seem to be a bit pricey ($36 each for the record and the document organizer or $40 CDN for those north of the border), but it is so very pretty. And organized! But I also suspect that it might not be sufficient for kids with complicated conditions. The "Current Information" insert is removable, but it's $5 to replace it when the information changes. Which, for Annika, is every few weeks or so.
A product I would really like to see for parents like myself would be some sort of a secure on-line database which you could update with information about drugs/drug reactions, procedures, surgeries, major illness, vaccinations. All already nicely organized for me. Before I purchased a laptop just a few months ago, I didn't have access to any of my information from home when we went to the hospital, unless I had it written down somewhere. I do my best to keep our piles of paper reduced to a minimum around here, myself. On the other hand, if it were all kept on-line somewhere, I would have it wherever we go, since most hospitals provide at least a few computers for parental use. Maybe there's already something like that out there? Drop me a line and let me know!