Keeping a Recovery Journal Post Tonsillectomy
Whether you’re recovering from a tonsillectomy, a broken leg, or a broken heart, keeping a journal of the experience holds benefits beyond measure. On a practical day to day level, a recovery journal of the medications and treatments you are taking can help keep things organized and save you from dangerous mistakes. On a spiritual or long term level, there are huge therapeutic benefits to keeping a recovery journal. Let’s talk first about the benefits of recording your medications and treatments in a recovery journal. When I was recovering from my tonsillectomy, I took four different medications, at different times. Two of them were narcotic pain killers that made my head a little fuzzy. As if that weren’t enough, my sleep pattern post tonsillectomy was erratic at best. I was awake much of the night, sleeping on and off through the day. Any semblance of routine was gone!
It’s easy to get confused and lose track of your medications if you don’t write them down in some sort of recovery journal. Taking too much of a drug, or missing a dose can, at the least, leave you very uncomfortable. In a worse case, over-medicating can result in serious health problems and even death. On the subject, I also suggest using mechanical aids like an alarm clock or phone reminder to help you remember your medications and treatments. Here’s a handy little app. for your Android device: Another type of post tonsillectomy recovery journal, with its own set of benefits, is more of a recovery diary. During difficult times, I’ve always found journalling to be a great way to release the feelings I was having. (The very website you are visiting today began as a tonsillectomy recovery journal) By writing down your feelings and experiences you not only release them, but you also create a written history. As things improve, you can look back and see the transformation occurring over time. When, 22 years ago, my son was born 3 months prematurely, I kept a journal of my daily life. It was such an incredible time that I never want to forget it. All the people who helped and offered support, the problems I experienced, and the tips I learned helped me to understand myself, but also help others. The same has been true of my adult tonsillectomy. As I like to say, when you shine a light for others, you also light your own path. If you’re a little old school, and prefer to put pen to paper, here’s a nice little journal from Amazon: Microsoft Office offers a free medication Log Template template for Excel. Download for free here: Medication Log Template For MS Excel Have you learned a few tips for keeping track of medications, treatments, or feelings? I’d love to hear about it. Please share in the comments section below. Take care, Greg My short bio