Has someone suddenly gone to the hospital? Then you should read this!

I was told that Josie King Foundation had as link you can use in case you are or a family member is in the hospital.

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Being a patient or having a loved one in the hospital can be stressful and confusing. You are in a new environment with lots of information being given to you. There is so much to think about and to process- the names of the doctors and nurses, new medications, scheduled procedures, questions to ask, and so much more. It can be a bit daunting.

The Josie King Foundation has created a Patient Journal app. Patients and families can use this app to easily record vital medical information, stay organized, keep a permanent medical record, and share the notes with doctors or anybody else via email.

The Patient Journal app is now available for free download on the Apple iTunes App Store link:

Using the Patient Journal app is easy. The app opens a list of prompts about information that should be tracked during a hospital stay.

To enter notes, click on a category to learn more about it and type away.

You can review the information you have entered, and can even scroll through the daily entries to get an overall view of a patient’s changing condition.

At any point, you can email the journal to a doctor, a loved one, or yourself to keep as a permanent record of the hospital stay.

The Patient Journal app can be reused for subsequent hospital stays.

If you have any questions or comments about the app, we would love to hear them. You can email app@josieking.org, and we will get back to you quickly.  Go to the Josie King Foundation for more information.

3 things I learned about switching vendors

They always tell you that it is easy…It isn’t!

They always tell you that it is simple…It isn’t!

They alway tell you that it takes a few minutes of your time…It doesn’t!

Let me tell you the three things that I learned in the process of moving my hosting from Yahoo to Go Daddy:


1. Do not think it is easy.

2. Be prepared for anything.

3. Don’t yell.

The people at Go Daddy have been great, but it just took some time…about 2 weeks.  And as of right now, my site still needs a little work.  But it is ALMOST there. My advice:

  • Think of the President …and EVERYONE he needs to please on a daily basis.
  • Just relax…all will be fine.

Left, right, left, right…

It seems so easy.

I have been seeing my athletic trainer, Ryan up at OHSU for over 6 years.  He has helped me regain movement, strength, and usefulness on the right side of my body and is always coming up with new, fun ways to make that happen.

All these years since my stroke, I have been unable to swing my arms in proper rhythm when I walk.  Jill always swings my right arm for me so I can walk normally. This week, Ryan challenged me to have Jill swing my LEFT arm so I can learn to swing my right arm by myself.

Guess what?  It is really hard!!  As we walked, Jill swung my left arm and I started swinging my right arm.  It seemed really natural….for the first three swings.  Then the fourth swing–somehow it started going in small circles and then it came across my body and then I could only swing it with my left arm rather than alternating with my left arm.  It was like it had a life of its own.

Jill couldn’t stop from laughing.  Not only was my arm going every which-way but I was also making weird faces as I tried to concentrate.  I looked like the Joe Cocker of rehab.

This is going to be a difficult skill to master but we are up to the challenge.  It is good to know we will have fun in the process.