Notebook/Organizer for Type 2s Packs It All In

My_diabetes_organizer Promoters from North Hill Publishing recently sent me a unique new “book” to look at: “My Diabetes Organizer,” billed as “the essential planner and record-keeper for people with type 2 diabetes.” First impression: it’s very clean-lined and colorful and strikes me as the equivalent of the top-line Franklin Planner for people with diabetes.

It’s an 8.5×11-size spiral-bound notebook full of tabbed sections that clearly explain medications, meal planning, and all manner of “things to do” with diabetes — plus lots of space for detailed record-keeping, including big plastic envelopes for your medical receipts, providers’ business cards, and news clippings. What a novel idea! It’s really quite attractive, full of clearly explained and accurate information… and perfect for anyone who’s meticulous about getting organized! Unfortunately, most of us aren’t.

In fact, I tried keeping my diabetes stuff in a three-ring binder for a while, but quickly got distracted, plus the binder got so messy — stuffed with volumes of receipts and other paper slips — that I shoved it under my bed so I wouldn’t have to look at it. I believe it’s still lying there, covered with dust.

Regarding this new organizer, David Mendosa is quoted as saying, “Wow! They thought of everything! Until I saw My Diabetes Organizer, I really didn’t appreciate all the things we need to do to control our diabetes every day, each month, and annually.”

With all due respect (David’s a great resource!), I think he may have hit the deterrent on the head here: rather than giving readers the motivating impression that diabetes is plainly manageable, the sheer amount of detail included in this record-keeper might be a turn-off. As in, Oh my God, do I have track all that?!

I’m sorry to say that if it were me, I might end up using the organizer as a catch-all file for paperwork, like the one wasting away under my bed.

That said, however, it might be worth the investment just for the pocket-sized “Daily Tracker” that comes in the package. With great quick-reference info and space for precise carb-intake records, this is one of the best little carry-around diabetes log books I’ve seen.

“My Diabetes Organizer” by Gina Barbetta and Valerie Rossi, North Hill Publishing, July 2006, $15.72 on Amazon.

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3 Responses

  1. Jo
    Jo August 15, 2006 at 4:56 pm | | Reply

    I have a small note book I bought at the grocery store for $.95 that I keep all my testing readings in. I don’t do the rest of all that organizer seems to have – so wouldn’t help me a bit. But for those that keep those type of records, sounds like a winner.

  2. Kevin Gumz
    Kevin Gumz August 15, 2006 at 5:34 pm | | Reply

    I’m not sure how many of you folks have a Palm Pilot, but I use a piece of software from Diabetes Pilot that makes my tracking much easier. It captures glucose, food, medication, exercise and other notes. I carry my PDS with me everywhere, so this makes it really convenient. All of the info can be output in the form of raw data for my endo or in customized reports (he loves them by the way).

  3. JasonJayhawk
    JasonJayhawk August 18, 2006 at 3:36 pm | | Reply

    What an interesting idea… promoters using bloggers to review items. I need to start a freebie site…errr, bloggin site. :-) Thanks for the honest review, Amy. I’m glad you won’t sway into saying nice things about *everything* you get, just because it was a review/freebie item. :-) Great journalism ethics (the ethics book in some schools were stolen…)

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