Friday, April 14, 2017

Health Storylines App Review

  This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
Link to asthma app: http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/asthma-storylines-self-care-tool-for-managing-asthma/

Maybe it's just me, but I tend to forget things easily.  So when I tell my doctor that something has been bothering me and she asks me for details, I stammer for a few minutes as I try to remember when, where, why, etc.

And then there are my meds.  I found out the hard way that forgetting one of my medications for even a day has really bad side effects for me so remembering to take them every. single. day at around the same time is super important.

I've been looking for an app for my phone for a while now that would allow me to track and remember my daily medical info so I was happy to try out Health Storylines.  The company has a long list of apps for different health conditions, such as sarcoma, epilepsy, heart problems, IBD, and MUCH more.  Since I have asthma, I installed that one. You can learn more about it here.

I had some problems with the app working right on my phone, which is an LG Treasure.  It kept shutting down, so I tried it on a Samsung Galaxy and it worked great.  I don't know if it was just my phone or what, but I was happy that it I didn't have any other problems after I switched devices.

The app prompted me to fill out a daily questionnaire to track my asthma symptoms which is something that my doctor is always trying to get me to do anyways, sooooo, that was a good thing.  There was also a way to track my daily moods.  That can be helpful for determining if your moods and hormones are increasing symptoms.


I was also able to add reminders for my medications in the app, which could even be customized with a time that the reminder will pop up on your phone.  Super handy when you have a medicine that needs to be taken at the same time each day!


Health Storylines has a place to take notes of questions you have for your doctor.  I think of questions between appointments, walk into the doctor's office, and promptly forget every single one.  I've tried writing them down on paper, but I inevitably either lose the paper or forget it at home.  I've always got my phone with me though so it's the perfect place to keep those questions.


You can also store your upcoming appointments in the app which will remind you when they're coming up.  I usually have 1-4 doctors' appointments each month and it can be hard to remember them so having an app remind me is very helpful.

The app is customizable to your individual needs, something I appreciated as medical needs affect each person differently.


The best part of this app though is that it's free for all android and ios users.  Which means that if for some reason it doesn't work out for you, you're not out anything.

What are you waiting for?  Head over to Health Storylines for a better way to handle your medical needs!






Thursday, April 13, 2017

How the Last Year has Changed My Life

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I did it!

I survived a year of blogging at Sunshine and Spoons and have loved every minute of it!  It's been more amazing and successful than I ever imagined it would be.  The highlight of the last year of blogging has definitely been the emails I've received, telling me how a post I wrote helped someone.

To celebrate my first year of blogging at Sunshine and Spoons, I'm taking a cue from Mama @ Heart who also recently celebrated her first blogiversary.


How It All Got Started
I'd been blogging at Supermommy!...Or Not for about seven years.  It started as an online scrapbook of my family and it was fun to have an outlet for writing.  But in 2015, I started rethinking it.  I wanted to blog professionally, and I wanted to help people who were going through some of the same things I was.  I had gotten to the point that if something was taking a lot of my time, but wasn't necessarily benefitting my family, it was time to cut it out.  Rather than convert Supermommy!...Or Not, I decided to start fresh.  You can read about how I chose the name "Sunshine and Spoons" here.

A Look Back at Some of My Favorite Blog Posts
This is my 102nd post.  Yes, I know...I've been busy :)  I've written about everything from chronic illness to parenting hacks to gift guides.  In one year, my blog has been viewed over 270,000 times which is more pageviews than my first blog received in 7 years of blogging.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

5 Things I Need From You as Someone With a Chronic Illness


Having a chronic illness is hard on so many levels, but having a good support system can make the difference between being able to handle the spoonie life or having it take you down.

If you know someone with a chronic illness, then you know that sometimes it can be hard to know how to be supportive, especially if your loved one has recently received a diagnosis.

On the flip side, it can also be hard to tell your friends and family what you need from them as a spoonie.  It's difficult to admit that something is wrong.  
 
5 Things I Need From You as Someone With a Chronic Illness

Here are five things I need from you as someone who has a chronic illness: