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Chronic Illness Health Planner with Chasing Planner Peace

23/03/2021

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Managing multiple complex chronic illnesses is like having a full time job (that I don’t get paid to do). There is a lot to remember and organise but that can be really hard with brain fog. The way I work around this is to use a health planner, so that I have all my medical appointments, symptoms and important information all in one place. In this blog post I will show you what is in my health planner so that you can get some ideas about what might help you. All my planner inserts are from Chasing Planner Peace, I have been using their inserts for many years because they’re really good quality. If you want to know more about how I plan then check out my Personal Planning and my Study Planning blog posts. 

A5 Fuschia Webster's Pages Color Crush Planner with Chasing Planner Peace Be Brave Dashboard - health planner - vegan planner - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
A5 Fuschia Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner with Chasing Planner Peace Be Brave Dashboard

I use a an A5 Fuschia Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner for my health planning. It is made using faux leather, so it is suitable for vegans. Chasing Planner Peace also sells their own A5 planner covers, so you can get everything in the one place if you want to. Inside it I have Chasing Planner Peace ‘be brave’ dashboard, secret garden dividers and inserts. My planner is divided into seven parts, monthly overview, weekly medical treatment planning, habit tracking, chronic pain tracker, appointments, NDIS planning and a gratitude diary. I will show you all of the sections in this post except for the NDIS part, as I am in the process of applying for the NDIS so I haven’t used it yet, and therefore can’t tell you how useful it is. If everything goes to plan, then I am hoping to be on the NDIS in the next few months, and will then be able to do a post on that bundle, but if you know the Australian system well, then you will know that nothing is ever straight forward. If you want to purchase the NDIS inserts before that post, then you can get the full NDIS bundle with planner for $99.90 or just the NDIS planning inserts for $19.90. 

Monthly Overview

The first section of my health planner is dedicated to monthly planning. I like to use the Colourful Month On Two Pages version, but there are other monthly planning inserts if you would prefer something else. Each month has a cover page with an area to write notes, which is a good place to put reminders to follow up tests that need to be done or for appointments that need to be made that month. 

Chasing Planner Peace Month On Two Pages A5 planner inserts in Webster's Pages A5 vegan planner - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Chasing Planner Peace Month On Two Pages A5 planner inserts

To make it easy for me to see what I have happening that month, I use PMD stickers to mark what type of appointment I have one which day, in the same way I do it in my personal planner. I use the Mini Health Icon Stickers in rainbow version. The ones I use the most are stethoscope for any GP or specialist appointments, the brain/head for therapy sessions, the tooth for dentist appointments, the chiropractor symbol for my osteopath or physiotherapist appointments, the glasses for optometrist appointments, the blood vial for blood tests, the syringe for any sort of vaccine or injection and the health symbol for any sort of procedure or operation. I also have the pill icons to mark when I need to refill scripts and the blood drop to mark when I get my period but I’m not consistent with using either of these. I then put a matching icon in the goals section on the right hand size and write down the date, time and what type of appointment it is so that everything is easy to understand. 

Chasing Planner Peace Monthly Planning Inserts with PMD Health Icon Stickers for chronic illness planning and management - medical planner - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Chasing Planner Peace Monthly Planning Inserts with PMD Health Icon Stickers

Weekly Medical Treatment

In the next section I have my Medical Treatment Weekly Planner Inserts.  Each week, the left page is dedicated to notes, like what you’re grateful for, self care activities, notes for doctors, medical expenses that week and anything that needs to be done. Then the right page has space to write down what you have on for each day of the week as well as an am/pm check box for medications and a space to write in any help that you’re getting that day. I used a version of these inserts in 2018 when I went to Cyprus for treatment. It made it really easy to write down exactly what treatments I had received each day and keep track of what was happening. I tend to use the weekly pages in my personal planner to plan for my weekly medical appointments, but if I didn’t have a personal planner, this would be perfect to cover the information that I jot down. 

Chasing Planner Peace Medical Treatment Weekly Planner Inserts - doctors, health, medical and chronic illness planning - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Chasing Planner Peace Medical Treatment Weekly Planner Inserts

Habit Tracking

When I first started planning many years ago, I didn’t know what to use habit trackers for, but I now know that they are really helpful. The habit tracking inserts are designed so that you use one per month but you can use more if you have more then 10 or so things that you want to track. I have used them for lots of different things, I have tracked taking my medication and supplements, and my dogs medications and supplements – which ends up being a lot when you have both human and animals who are chronically ill. It is especially helpful with medications that need to be taken every second day because I can’t just set up a daily routine to remember those, and checking them off gives me peace of mind so I don’t worry about over or under medicating. I have tracked how often I’ve gone on walks or how often I’ve meditated, but the options are endless as you can track home tasks, like cleaning or laundry, things you want to avoid like caffeine or screen time, or self care tasks like exercise, reading or having a shower. Chasing Planner Peace sells specific Medication and Symptom trackers which are set up the same was as a general tracker, so you can buy those, but I am happy just using a generalised tracker. You can track symptoms by either using a numbering system with higher numbers being worse, or a colour coded system with certain colours representing a certain form that your symptom takes. 

Chasing Planner Peace Habit Tracking Insert - Medication tracking, symptom tracking, health planner, medical planning - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Chasing Planner Peace Habit Tracking Insert

Chronic Pain Tracker

When tracking chronic pain, you really need something more than just a standard habit tracker, as so many different things can influence pain levels, that’s where the Chronic Pain Tracker comes in handy. I have Fibromyalgia, hEDS which causes joint dislocations, Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Migraines, along with many other problems, so my pain can be very different depending on the day. It’s only by paying close attention to my pain type and intensity in relation to everything else that I have been able to identify certain things that make my pain worse. Doing this is a lot easier when you have a detailed tracker to write it all down. These pain tracking inserts are designed to be used weekly with space to enter daily details, so that you can figure out what is happening with your pain as everyone is different. At the top of each day, there is a section to write down your hours slept, sleep quality, pain rating and energy rating. I highly recommend getting a smart watch type device to track your sleep as it was very hard for me to know what my sleep quality was like without one. I have the Fitbit Inspire HR with all the exercise tracking switched off, just so that I can monitor my heart rate and sleep quality as that information is really helpful. Under the top box of the tracker are areas to put in details about what hurts the most (be specific here so that you can see how your pain changes), your food intake for that day and what medications or supplements you took. Then there’s a section to mark off your 8 glasses of water for the day and a spot for your daily achievements or self care. The last box is there for you to rate your day, with places to put in pain and energy ratings. On the righthand side of the page is an area for notes, which is good to write in at the end of the week if you have seen any trends in your pain. Chronic pain can be really debilitating so finding ways to reduce or control it can be really helpful. 

Chasing Planner Peace Chronic Pain Tracker inserts - Fibromyalgia, hEDS which causes joint dislocations, Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Migraines management - Medical planning - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Chasing Planner Peace Chronic Pain Tracker

Appointments

The inserts that I use the most behind the monthly tracking ones are definitely the Appointment inserts. Brain fog has had a big impact on my memory, which is stressful when there is so much to remember when dealing with lots of illnesses. So I try to reduce that stress and ensure that I have the right information from each doctor by writing down the important points from every appointment. Each individual page of the Appointment inserts has room to write about two appointments, with spots to write down the type of appointment, location, date and time, I also include the name of the doctor I saw here, as they can change in some public hospital clinics. Then there is space to write down any important points or questions from the appointment and a spot to put in any new stats. To ensure that these are neat, well formatted and easy to understand for my future self, I don’t fill them in until after the appointment. Instead I use a note page insert to write everything down during the appointment, and then transfer the important information afterwards. This has been really helpful for me as I now know that all the important information from my medical appointments is stored in one place, and it’s easy to read and understand when I need to look back at it. 

Chasing Planner Peace Appointments Insert - medical appointment planning with chronic illness - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Chasing Planner Peace Appointments Insert

Gratitude Diary

Staying on top of my mental health is really important to me as mental health can really affect physical health. I attend therapy regularly to ensure that I am always working through the stress and grief that comes with chronic illness, but I also do things daily for my mental health too. The main thing that I have found to help me in keeping a positive mindset is to list what I am grateful for. I started by doing this in my head at night just before going to sleep, but it can be easy to forget to do, so having physical inserts to write it down in, makes it more likely that I will do it. The current Chasing Planner Peace Gratitude Diary Inserts are stylised differently to mine but they do the same thing. They give you a space to write down three things that you are grateful for daily. When you start doing this, you might find it hard to come up with different things all the time, but it gets a lot easier the more you practice it. Chasing Planner Peace also sell Self-Care Trackers if you would prefer that layout, but I find that most of it is covered by the other inserts in my health planner. If you want to do an overview of your life and what you need to be doing more of for your mental or physical health, then the Life Balance inserts might come in handy. Just don’t be hard on yourself if you find that most of your time is taken by illness, as that’s not something that can be changed. 

Gratitude Diary Insert - planning for self care and mental health when chronically ill - Love Alinta
Chasing Planner Peace Gratitude Diary Insert

Other Inserts For Health Planners

As I said earlier, I will be trying out the NDIS planning inserts when I finally get approved, and I can review those in another post if you want to see that. Chasing Planner Peace also sells other health related inserts that I haven’t used like a range of weight loss, exercise and diet trackers. I don’t exercise and it isn’t good for my mental health to track my weight, so I won’t be using or reviewing any of those, but they are there if you need them. There’s also two different sort of period trackers available, one sort that will give you a yearly overview of your period and one that gives you options to write down the details of each individual period. They can be used together or separately, and even in combination with the chronic pain tracker if you have endometriosis like me. 

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Health planning with chronic illness

Having a physical planner where I can write everything down about my illnesses has been really helpful for me. It reduces my mental load as I don’t have to remember when every appointment is or what each doctor has said. I still put all of my appointments into my phone calendar with a reminder, just to make sure that I never miss one, but I check my health planner so often, so I always know what I have coming up anyway. The inserts I use the most are definitely the monthly overview and the appointments, but they’re all really useful to have. It can be really overwhelming to be as sick as I am, so anything that helps me to manage it all better and reduce my stress is important to me. Have you got a health planner, if so what do you have in yours? If you don’t have one, which of these inserts would be most helpful to you?

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I think I’ve made it pretty obvious that I care about Indigenous rights as well as the environment. So I am particularly interested in how Indigenous people want to combat climate change because climate change action desperately needs to be decolonised.
Unfortunately, those who are the least responsible for climate change are the ones who ones who will suffer the most, and many Indigenous people will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of colonisation. Indigenous people and their knowledge are frequently left out of climate discussions and that needs to change. My climate change uni subject focuses on exactly that this week.
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With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life – it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

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I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.
I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love – then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him.
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that.
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring.
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

Love, Alinta

5 months ago
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7/9
It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

Love, Alinta

5 months ago
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8/9
It has been a long week here. It’s my uni mid semester break, but it hasn’t been a break at all as I’ve spent the whole week writing things for my NDIS application. I’ve written 5000 words so far and spent far more money than I should have to to access support that I need. I’m trying to get my application in before the independent assessments start. If you don’t know, the federal government is trying to force independent assessments on people applying for or reviewing their NDIS plans. They have had a huge amount of feedback explaining how bad this will be for disabled people, but they just don’t care. Disabled people are going to go without the care that they need because this government is completely ableist. Non-disabled people really need to be speaking up about this right now, because the fed government is too ableist to listen to disabled people. Allies are really needed at times like this, so please show up. 
Picture description: Ableism is connected to all out struggles because it undergirds notions of whose bodies are considered valuable, desirable and disposable - Mia Mingus. Quote on pink and white background.
#ableism #ndis #disabilityrights #lovealinta

It has been a long week here. It’s my uni mid semester break, but it hasn’t been a break at all as I’ve spent the whole week writing things for my NDIS application. I’ve written 5000 words so far and spent far more money than I should have to to access support that I need. I’m trying to get my application in before the independent assessments start. If you don’t know, the federal government is trying to force independent assessments on people applying for or reviewing their NDIS plans. They have had a huge amount of feedback explaining how bad this will be for disabled people, but they just don’t care. Disabled people are going to go without the care that they need because this government is completely ableist. Non-disabled people really need to be speaking up about this right now, because the fed government is too ableist to listen to disabled people. Allies are really needed at times like this, so please show up.
Picture description: Ableism is connected to all out struggles because it undergirds notions of whose bodies are considered valuable, desirable and disposable – Mia Mingus. Quote on pink and white background.
#ableism #ndis #disabilityrights #lovealinta

Love, Alinta

6 months ago
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9/9

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