Since I'm always interested in exchanging ideas and tip for managing this illness, I thought I'd share my daily chart. It's my understanding that many of us track our daily progress in one form or another. I've spoken with several other PWME's who keep similar charts. Without it, it's hard to gauge which treatments may be helping, and which activities may cause crashes.
I'm always interested in improving my chart and sharing ideas, so I hope this will generate a discussion or exchange of ideas.
Before I post the link to my chart, a few notes:
This is not my actual chart, but a replica with the same format and categories. The 5 day's worth of health information is just made up. While I don't mind sharing most of my ME/CFS journey with the general public on this blog, I have to draw the line at this greater level of detail.
Google Documents: When I first started, I kept a chart locally on my computer. Around June of last year, someone recommended that I use Google Documents' spreadsheet format. (I think it was Grayson or Baffled?) I soon switched to Google Documents and never looked back. I can now access my chart from any computer. I don't have to take anything with me if I leave the house for a few days...as long as I'll have access to a computer. I can also provide a link to my family and they can access it from their computer.
The spreadsheet format also allows me to create instant graphs from any two or more of my columns. So, for instance, I can highlight the column rating my overall daily score, and the column rating my daily physical activity. (I measure both on a scale of 1 to 10). The program then instantly creates a graph that allows me to visually spot patterns and relationships between the two types of data. This helps me see trends and causal relationships that I wouldn't have ordinarily noticed. I can try to pinpoint where my crash threshold is.
Because of the graphing capabilities of the Google spreadsheet, I try to use numerical values, not words, whenever possible. For instance, under the column "Work Day?", instead of writing a Y or N, for Yes or No, I use 1s and 0s. This allows me to create a graph and observe, visually, how work impacts my overall daily health rating (not so far).
I'd love to hear what tips and tricks others have picked up. My sample chart is linked below: