As an operator, you need to be self-sufficient. Part of that is taking control of your Medical Record.
In today's age of smart phones, iPads, laptop and tablet computers, you should have all your medical information at your fingertips. If you should get hurt or want to review your records, they should all be available to you electronically.
Start by requesting your records from your private physician. Any time you get something checked or done, request the medical files associated with that visit. If possible, get them in PDF format.
Next step is to put them on your device. In the case of apple products, just open the files in iBooks. Rename the files and organized them by groups on your device. This way, you can always refer to your old records, should you need them.
Before you know it, you've made yourself a healthcare portfolio.
It is a huge help for you and your family, should you get injured or become ill.
Work smarter, not harder.
December 1, 2012
What is the most important factor in career longevity?
You probably guessed it. It's your physical health. Obviously in law enforcement, healthcare or any other high profile and high risk business, you don't want to do anything illegal or immoral. Barring professional suicide, you're really limited by your physical health.
So, what are the steps you can take to ensure you're firing on all cylinders?
Exercise regularly. Studies have shown that regular exercise decreases injury, speeds recovery and we all know that it improves performance.
Stretch your muscles and your back. This prevents major career ending injuries. As we age, we get stiffer. Stretch more!
Don't eat fast food - Duh!
Don't drink soda - drink plenty of water instead
Take vitamins - Our food is too processed and devoid of nutritional value. Supplement your meals with high quality vitamins.
Eat regularly and healthfully. Don't skip meals. While on duty, you should eat every 4 hours.
Go to your doctor and get regular checkups. Major illness is devastating. Many diseases can be cured if detected early. Don't miss your opportunity to beat disease, see your doctor.
Don't ignore injuries - Working through a lot of injures may worsen scar tissue. Make sure you're seeking the right medical care right from the time of injury.
Don't let stress eat you alive. This is especially true on night shifts, where your cortisol is totally out of whack to begin with.
Don't overwork yourself. We beat our bodies into the ground. Make sure you take time off and recharge your batteries and regenerate your tissues.