Thank you very much for your gout diary request. Because of time constraints, I haven’t pushed this service as much as I might. But, I feel every gout sufferer should keep a diary like this. Even if they want to create it privately. You are very brave to do this in public. Other gout sufferers will learn from your diary. You’re paying back before you even started! What a great thing to do.
Before I explain my gout diary service, I should say that, from your description, you are at a similar stage to me, several years ago. I understand every word you wrote at a personal level. Now’s a great time to take control. And, I believe a gout diary is a great starting point.
How you use it is up to you. I’ll explain that shortly. But first, I should explain the context from my point of view. When we are learning to control gout, there is lots of information. Some of that is personal. Some is general information about gout. Many gout sufferers have important experiences and opinions that determine how they want to approach gout management.
Ideally, you read lots of information. And, you start discussions about aspects of gout that interest you. You also join in topics started by other gout sufferers. That’s a lot of information, so your gout diary is where you summarize what is important to you. It should contain:
– Personal facts
– Gout symptoms
– Gout medications
– Test results
– Important unresolved questions
– Important opinions about gout treatment
– Important gout experiences
It’s a reference section for Johnson’s gout. You use it to track your gout recovery. I use it to focus my responses to you in a way that minimizes irrelevant details.
Your Gout Diary
I will help you as much as you want. I want your gout diary to be meaningful and helpful to you. My style might not be what you want. So, you are free to maintain your diary as you think fit. I will help whenever you ask.
If you don’t know where to start, just tell me. I’ll ask some questions, and summarize the answers in your name. You can edit that whenever you like.
If you have no experience of editing, I can do it for you, or teach you. That will make more sense once you make a start.
You can start posting in your gout diary now. Or ask for help making a start.