In the modern age of “there’s an app for that”, your smartphone can be your source of entertainment, organization, and even recovery when struggling with a life threatening disease or illness. Whether you’re in need of keeping track of appointments, want to easily track your nutrition or other medical information, there are apps that can be helpful during a difficult time:
Nutritional health is always important, but even more so if your health is compromised. While there are numerous nutritional apps available, MyFitnessPal is an easy app for tracking calories and nutritional value. If your doctor, for example, recommends to watch your carb intake, you can check your nutritional breakdown at the end of the day. Tracking food is easy by scanning barcodes or looking up over 2 million foods in the database. Find a recipe that you want to try out, but don’t know the nutritional value? You can upload or create recipes in the app.
Some additional bonuses include setting diet goals and syncing the Pacer app to MyFitnessPal for tracking your steps for the day. If an app isn’t your thing, try out helpful gadgets that do the same kind of thing, such as the popular Fitbit.
Stay Organized, Be on Track
When visiting multiple doctors or specialists and attending numerous appointments, you may feel overwhelmed by all the information you’re asked. While it’s important to keep your medical history and other details about your condition straight, it’s only natural to forget a few important details. While your doctors should have all of your updated information, it’s always good to keep track of information yourself to make sure your medical record is thorough and accurate.
Capzule PHR is an app that makes it easy to access and store health information about your health and even your family’s medical history. In the app, you can enter appointment dates, medications, immunizations, any allergies, and even insurance details.
If you have a difficult time remembering to take your medication when life gets overwhelmingly busy, Dosecast reminds you to take your meds. With the app, you can set daily, weekly, or monthly notifications and can even remind you when you’re asleep.
Positivity can be help during your recovery process and can improve your physical and mental health overall. When you’re facing the daily struggles of a complicated medical condition, the Happify app can help you out on even the darkest of days. Created by a team of medical doctors, social workers, and meditation experts, Happify keeps track of your positive emotions (that you have tracked) and suggest ways to “Conquer Your Negative Thoughts” or participate in positive activities.
Staying Socially Connected
The CaringBridge app is a popular way to share your medical journey, read notes of support, and give updates while you’re on the go. It’s a convenient way to stay connected with family and friends when you don’t want to or have time to call friends and family with some of your latest health news.
Another great way to stay socially connected is by raising awareness about your disease and sharing on popular apps like Twitter or Facebook. Encourage your family and friends to show their support, too.