Good Record Keeping is Essential

I received a letter from the Social Security Administration in the mail today; it was  a “Disability Evaluation” form. They wanted to know if I was “still disabled.”

All I had to do was fill in the needed information and send it back Seems simple enough, right? Wrong! I needed to provide all my visits to clinics and hospitals, plus any surgeries I’ve had…since October 2011!

Thankfully, I write down every appointment and procedure I have. If it isn’t on my Google calendar, it’s in my planner. (My insurance plan also has some of the dates of the last year or two on the website.)

So, a task that could have taken hours–or even days if I’d have had to get the information from my doctors–only took a couple of hours of writing the information on their form.

I may not be organized in every aspect of my life, but I’m sure glad I am when it comes to my RA treatments.

How about you? Are you keeping good records, maybe it’s not necessary for health purposes, but (sorry to say this) tax time is fast approaching. If you haven’t started, there’s no better time than today.

Please leave me a comment. Let me know where good record keeping saved you, or where you didn’t keep records and wished you had. I love to hear from you.

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