Weekly Blog No 2 – Katipedia



Katipedia is a play on words. Kat being part of my first name and ipedia from Wikipedia.

Before I went in for my last operation in Jan 2014, I came to the realization that I had a lot of information stored in my head that my husband does not have access too. I had never previously gave any thought to how he was going to do certain things if I was gone. He always praises me for the fact that I can store 16 digit numbers etc in my head and reel them off without even thinking about. It is definitely a skill that I have found very useful over the years, if anyone was to ask me a about a job on a construction site, I could remember all the facts and I have seen hundreds maybe even thousands of job sites up and down the UK. Nowadays, my skill is getting rusty and having fatigue doesn’t help me either. I’m sure there is many cancer patients that have lost some of their memory for various reasons whether it is treatment, medication or fatigue.

This week, I started a Katipedia for my husband, I got him a lovely green book so it was visible and easy to find, it has nothing to do with the fact he is a lover of Glasgow Celtic, a Scottish soccer team for those that don’t know. You can take a Scottish man out of Scotland but not Scotland out of a Scottish man. This book will be his “go to” book for any information he doesn’t know already because it’s all in my head. The sort of information that I will be supplying him is the 16 digit numbers, passwords, addresses, birthday’s, where he can find important paperwork and what organizations he should be contacting. Oh my the list is endless but every time that I remember something important now it will go into his Katipedia. I may even expand on one of the entries, in one of my weekly challenges in the few months.

Some people may be thinking, why is she doing this, she’s not dying. No I’m not, nevertheless it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. In fact we should all have one to be honest, how many of us store information somewhere yet our partners/family don’t know where it is. Gone are the days of picking up a bill and saying I must contact that company to notify them of the changes. Nowadays everything is done online so there is not always a paper trail of information.

I was talking to a dear friend the other day and she said what a good idea, she is considering a Katipedia for her family. I can see all your little brains ticking away, gosh she is right, I should get myself a Katipedia and start writing things down.

Maybe I should market this product and some of the proceeds could go to research for Carcinoid Cancer.


9 thoughts on “Weekly Blog No 2 – Katipedia

  1. My first stab at fixing what was wrong with me was to have surgery to repair a hiatal hernia. I’ve had several surgeries in my lifetime, and never gave them a 2nd thought. But, I had an uneasy feeling about this one, and put my info into a short list, stuck it in an envelop with my son’s name on it, because he can’t bear to talk about such things. My brother calls it “the death letter.” I chuckle. After my father passed and I had to deal with his estate, you better believe I added a lot more stuff to my “death letter.” Everyone, sick or not, should have a Katipedia. We never know when it’s going to be needed, and it sure makes things easier when people are grieving and don’t have a clue on what they need to do.


  2. storki says:

    Oh Kat, I couldn’t agree more. When I had my episodes in 2010 Warren had no idea where anything was, what needed paying when, what the passwords were etc. My katipedia was Mandy aged 10 at the time. Everyone needs to have one of these books, cause you just never know what’s around the corner!


  3. Brilliant idea. One that many have thought about, but procrastinated. Perhaps, it is because there are some things that I don’t want others to discover. 😉 LOL I have also wanted been talking about copying and pasting all my writing here and elsewhere to a thumb drive so that there is record of it for later. That is a daunting task.

    Your mention of Scotland takes me back to my 1999/2000 trip to the UK. My favorite places I visited in Scotland was Glasgow, Perth and Luss. I want to go back.


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