Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Document Document Document

A phrase I heard over and over again as a nutrition undergrad at WKU. We were demanded encouraged to chart every little detail that we could and then some it felt like. The more information and specifics the better.

In the medical field if things are not documented it is as if it did not happen. Making decisions based on your memory or from verbal communication just doesn't cut it.

And what always seems tedious at the time pays dividends in the longrun when you can look back and find detailed, extensive notes that give a clear history of the patient. I always feel like patting myself on the back when I leave a good note that helps me in the future.

Which brings me to my point of why I blog (and why I love it). I was reading a blog post the other day from a grandmother about the week she kept her granddaughter and she did such a wonderful job of documenting the whole week with pictures and written details. I found myself in the granddaughter's shoes reliving the same memories that I have had with my grandparents. And not only does the granddaughter get to enjoy precious time with her grandparents but she can remember the memories for years to come thanks to blog documentation.

This is exactly what I want for my children. I want them to know their story and to be able to refer to it whenever they want. I want to answer the questions like "Wonder where that picture was taken?" or "Was that Halloween of 1995 or 1996?". This may seem trivial to some but when it's your life history it is important.

I absolutely love how easy it is to document memories now. In thirty minutes or less I can whip up a post with pictures and links and boom I'm done! And what a fun outlet I must add that my friends and family can enjoy too.

Blogging is therapy for me. I get to do what I enjoy (writing) and chronicle wonderful times in our lives. I know my "charting" will provide "a detailed history" for years to come. I guess all that undergrad nonsense did provide some quality life applications :)

And thanks to all my readers for the words of encouragement and support! The blogging community is another reason I love my new hobby.


  1. I love this! My Mom wasn't much of a sentimental person and didn't document a lot either. When I lost her at 17 it left a lot of questions unanswered and a lot of stories untold. That is the reason I take pictures and blog,so I always have the stories & pictures that explain the moments! I love reading your blog and watching your beautiful little girl grow and I know she will appreciate it one day!

    1. I am so so sorry about your mom. My heart was breaking when I read that on your blog. Thank goodness we have memories to remember and hold on to. You are doing your family a great favor by keeping a blog, they will appreciate it too! :)