Jernigan's protocol--anyone make a calendar?

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   Posted 8/15/2010 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually I love to make spreadsheets etc to chart moods, protocols etc..but with my slow brain it feels like a, has anyone by chance made themselves a calendar/spreadsheet of his home protocol to aid in remembering what to take and when?


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   Posted 8/16/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry your brain has been slow...I know what you mean.  I sure don't like it when that happens.  It's kinda nice to be able to think!
When I first began treatment for Lyme my LLMD had me on abx and supplemetns.  It was quite complicated as some pills I took only once a day, others twice a day, and still others three times a day.  I did make a simple weekly chart in order to keep track of all the pills I was taking.
Looked like this (but spaced out appropriately):
                                SUN   MON   TUE   WED   THUR   FRI   SAT
Water  ___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___  
I  listed the pills in the chronological order I took them...showing how many and if I needed to take them with food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Snack.  As I took the pills I checkmarked it.  Also I had lines for water to make sure I drank 8 glasses daily.
Separately, I had just a regular monthly calendar where I wrote down day to day symptoms/how I was feeling.  This encouraged me and helped me stay the course.  As I experienced some good days it inspired me.  When I had a really bad day, I realized, too, that it would only be only a matter of time and I'd be feeling better.
After relapsing several times on abx treatment, I started the Jernigan Protocol April 2010.  I do not keep a chart now, however I do have a system.  I take my remedies and supplements twice a day.  With the exception of one, which I take three times a day.  I have my remedies and suppliments lined up on a shelf in the chronological order I take them.  I have a system where I turn the bottles upside down (on the lid) when I've taken it in the AM, turn them right-side-up in the PM after taking them. As for the dropper bottles I move them backwards/forwards to signfy I've taken them. 
I do not keep a detailed chart of how I'm feeling as general I feel pretty good.  However, I have noticed about the 10th of the month, give or take a few days, I have an "off" day or two...die off cycle I'm sure.
Hope this information is helpful.

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   Posted 8/16/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have also thought about doing a chart system to see if there is a pattern to symptoms but I have not done so yet. I do have a chart on the fridge of what to take and when in case I forget.
Infected: June 2008
Diagnosed: July 30, 2010

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   Posted 8/16/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
As far as reminders to take medications, I use alarms on my BlackBerry and that works great for me (I often have to wake up during sleep to take something, so I need the audio alarm).

To document symptoms, moods, Herxing, etc., I use a calendar template in Microsoft Word. Each day I just open the file and type a few short words, lines, or notes... I may document specific symptoms, body parts that hurt in particular, pain level on a 1-10 scale, depression and/or anxiety, whether I did any unusual activity or "pushed myself," and any changes in medication(s) or treatment(s). It's easy to print off the months between doctor's appointments and bring my doctor a copy for my file...and easy for him to read everything... Sometimes I even use color-coding or bold/italics to make certain things stand out or separate symptoms from other notes.
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