Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Plot Your Health, a Journey to Wellness Planner by C.J. Ellisson - #review

Book Description:

Are you struggling to stay on top of multiple medications and supplements throughout your day? Or maybe your doctor has asked for daily details on your symptoms? Do you miss treatment appointments, or have problems juggling all the details? If you need space to log your steps, moods, hours of sleep, blood sugar levels, or even foods — we've got you covered!

Introducing a one-year wellness planner for managing severe and chronic health concerns! Terrific for parents managing a child’s complex care, teenagers or adults who need to organize their health concerns, or for caregivers and adults managing the care of senior patients.
220 pages in length, with a repeat of multiple tracking pages for twelve months.

Notebook Contents:

-        Owner’s Info page with room for doctor info, personal data, emergency contacts, allergies and more!
-        Two pages for Condition Details, room to list six per page.
-        Four pages of Medicine and Supplement Records, six per page.
-        Four pages for tracking test results, scans, and blood work throughout the year.

Twelve monthly sections, each with the following:
  • Undated monthly calendar pages, for jotting down doctor appointments, wellness visits, physical therapy, IV infusions, or whatever you need.
  • Two Doctor/ Wellness visit pages, for questions to ask at each appointment, room for notes, and an area to jot down tests needed.
  • Treatment Record pages, with room to track nine treatments per month, plus an extra lined page for notes or more appointments.
  • A two-page Symptom trackers, each with room to track twenty symptoms for an entire month.
  • Three-pages per month of Medicine and Supplement tracking grids. Each contains room to track four meds that need to be taken three times a day, and room to track twenty-one meds required twice a day. (This area can be customized for more meds if they are taken only once per day).
  • Mood-tracking coloring image. Assign a color to a mood and color each section per day according to how you feel.
  • Additional two-page grid for tracking sleep, food, blood pressure, habits, blood sugar, oxygen levels... pretty much anything you need! Eighteen spaces to track for each month.
  • Two lined pages per month for additional needs.
  • Future planning area on the last page for appointments and scheduling for the next year.



(Apparently I am not the only one in my family with health problems.  A couple of days ago, my power supply blew up.  The new one came today (my birthday, btw), which lead us to find out that it took out the motherboard as well.  Oy!  Luckily my daughter recently got a new laptop and I am working for the time being off her old one.)

Why do I tell you all of the above?  Because, while this is not the review I had planned to write, I just HAD to tell you all about C.J. Ellisson's new workbook: "Plot Your Health: a Journey to Wellness Planner".  Anybody who personally deals with multiple and/or chronic health conditions, as well as anyone with friends, family or acquaintainces experiencing the same.

For myself, I have experienced depression for years and years.  For the time being, that is likely to continue.  In each of my 3 pregnancies I experienced gestational diabetes and pregnancy induced hypertension.  The high blood pressure has continued since that time.  The diabetes seems to be reminding me these days that it is still there.  Most recently, I have begun to forget the name for common objects while I am talking, although I can usually explain what it looks like or does, so the meaning gets across; and over the last 6 months or so, I have developed arm tremors which have increased in frequency and intensity.

So you can see how the Plot Your Health Planner is something about which I could say, "Where have you been all my life?"  Even with the forgetfulness, I have been able to keep better track of appointments with various doctors, and whether or not I have taken my medications at the right times, etc.  I have been able to feel a measure of control over my health conditions, and that gives me hope ... which is a powerful medicine in itself.

I consider the Plot Your Health: a Journey to Wellness Planner an indispensible addition to any family's medical records.


C.J. Ellisson is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, who writes adult urban fantasy, mystery, and romance. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two teenagers, three dogs, and two cats--reporting to love the energetic zoo that's become their home. 

When forced to give up a career due to her decreasing health, C.J. turned to writing in 2009 and claims the escape helped save her sanity. She battled severe chronic illness for years and has finally reached the end of her long-term treatment.

Instead of dozens of pills, IVs, exhaustion, and pain, C.J.'s days are now filled with writing, exercising, eating healthy, and running a novel-writing club at her daughter's school. It all leads to a fun-filled, busy day, and she's incredibly grateful to be so involved in life again.


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(Disclosure:  I received a  3-month trial planner from the author, via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)

Note:  As you can see from the tour banner, this tour actually concluded yesterday.  This post was supposed to be up Monday, but my own computer had other plans.  I regret this delay and any problems it has caused for the author or tour planner, although  the tone of my review was not affected.

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