Booster Jots

Change your labels, change your world

The Concept

Change your labels, change your world

The BoosterJots concept is to tap into the innate wisdom in every child and empower that child to make creative choices regarding necessary medical treatments. This calls on children to be active participants in their care.

With BoosterJots:

A child is encouraged to actively participate in his or her care.

So many choices are taken from a child who needs chronic, on going medical treatments. That is especially true when a child needs to be hospitalized. Giving a child choices, even the smallest choices, about their care helps give that little person back a small piece of control. Having a choice is empowering no matter what your age.

At the deepest level, choice aligns our inner life force with external treatment. This gives the healing process an exponential boost.

This matters because it reveals where the child is really at with their care and what’s going on in their lives.

An example of this was when Anne, who is five, created her first BoosterJots label. When asked what she would like to receive with her treatments she wrote safety. She came up with this completely on her own and it was revealed only because we asked, and made the space and time for her to check in with herself. Based on her label, as a caregiver, I now know that this little one is longing to feel safe. Knowing this, I can do my best to incorporate aspects of safety into her treatments either with a hug, or asking her what would help her to feel safe during her treatment. Going further with this example, when Anne makes the label and sees it on her medicine she also gets some assurance that what she needs is there with her medicine.

Getting emotional needs met is an important part of the fulfillment of care.

Each child creates his or her own unique label to complement their prescribed medicine.

This is part of specializing each child’s care. They can then receive the maximum benefit and be on board with their treatments in a way that feels special or necessary to them. The act of actually creating a label for their treatments, based on their unique perspective and desires, invites them to be an important part of their care. Identifying and naming their needs is also an important part of health and will help them to grow from their experiences.

Children can incorporate joy into their care.

Being in the hospital or having home treatments can be scary, but children have a natural instinct for joy. Creating a BoosterJots label opens the door for play to be a part of treatments. The labels are a tool for shifting the experience of treatment from fear into one of possibility and growth. Play and joy are being proved more and more as important tools for healing.

We tap into imagination, one of our most important aspects of being human.

Remember the power of the placebo affect. If we believe we are taking Fairy Dust into our bodies, at some level, we really are. Kids know this already. They know magic. BoosterJots lets them show us that they are capable partners in their own healing process.

How to Use

Create

CREATE

Create your label.

Keep it simple at first!
One of our favorite “go to” labels is LOVE.
Who couldn’t use a little dose of love after all?

What would you like to incorporate into your treatment?
Remember: You get to decide here.

Let your creativity flow.
What do you need today?
Maybe it’s “hope”.
Maybe it’s “giggles” or “magic”.
Maybe it’s “super powers”.

What would you like to remind yourself of or call into your experience?
Maybe it’s “appreciation” or “gratitude”.
Maybe it’s the smile someone gave you while eating ice cream.
Maybe it’s simply being “alive”.

Close your eyes and feel into it. It only takes a moment.

Label

LABEL

Put your label anywhere that you can see it and be reminded of what you’d like to incorporate into your treatment.

BoosterJots labels have been used on:

  • IV bags
  • pill bottles
  • boxes
  • carriers
  • medical equipment
  • testing equipment
  • syringe carriers
  • bandages
  • PICC line dressings
  • sharps bins
  • lunch boxes

The possibilities are endless.

Be sure you don’t cover important safety information on medication or machinery labeling.

Receive

RECEIVE

This is the part where you sit back and take-in your intention for this time.

Let yourself really fill up with whatever your heart desires.

Drink deep

Take Action

Be a part of the BoosterJots Movement!

Booster Jot Package

$12.00

Do you know someone who is going through their own medical experience? Get them moving in the right direction with a BoosterJot package!

This package includes:

  • 12 fun shaped labels
  • 2 child safe markers
  • Fun stickers!
  • 2 example labels (to get them started)
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Who is this for

Child, Teen, Adult

Support Our Outreach

Join our BoosterJots’ Team in inspiring children who need medical care to be active participants in their healing journey.

Become a Booster Jots Helper or Hero and join a program that delivers packages monthly to Golisano Children’s Hospital.

BoosterJot Helper

$12.00 / month

For $12 a month you can become a BoosterJots Helper and provide one BoosterJot for a child each month. Each donated package will be gifted by you personally.

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BoosterJot Hero

$24.00 / month

For $24/month you can become a BoosterJots Hero and provide packages to two children undergoing treatment each month. Each donated package will be gifted by you personally.

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1-Time Booster Jots Gift Package

$12.00

You buy it, we’ll deliver it where it’s needed. A 1-time Booster Jots gift package, delivered to a child undergoing medical treatment, on your behalf.

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Inspiration

Check out how others in our community are using their BoosterJots! Use #BOOSTERJOTS on Instagram to share your creations and inspire others too!

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Kori’s Story

Kori’s Story

A note from the beginning

Hear Kori interviewed on the Passing 4 Normal Podcast

Iʼm Kori, and this is the story of how I got to the place of offering the BoosterJots concept to you. Taking medicine has been a part of my life since before I could talk. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 2 months old.

I began regular in-patient hospital stays for intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapies and intensive respiratory therapies at age 10.

My first two-week hospital stay was a crash course into a very different way of life.

I remember being hooked up to an IV drip medication for the very first time. I remember seeing that tubing attached to my arm. I remember thinking: This is so hard to believe. I must be in a movie. This only happens in the movies. I must be in a movie.

That first IV turned into a life with many, many more. Iʼve seen different treatments come and go. Iʼve seen techniques and systems and procedures change. Iʼve seen hospital staff change and policies change. I have grown up in the medical system, and sometimes now I even refer to myself as a professional patient.

Fortunately, the care I have received has also helped me to live a beautiful life that also extends well beyond my medical treatments.

Becoming an active participant in my own care started simply enough: knowing my rates, times, and even just the names of medications. This led to asking questions and learning WHY I was taking them. It meant knowing which tests were being done when and why. And it meant understanding how my mental state – for instance, how I felt going into IV placement (and eventually PICC line placement, a much more invasive form of IV) — impacted the outcome of the attempt.

What gradually dawned on me was that understanding my care and taking an active role in it was saving me from countless mistakes, some of which were potentially life threatening. This in itself is enough to make a case for patient advocacy and education, but I’ll save that for a future blog ;).

Eventually I was running my own IV meds, doing my own chest PT, and even making choices with my care givers about which treatments I would do and when. Being an engaged, aware patient helped me to forge a team approach with my caregivers, which they have repeatedly told me they appreciate.

This led to personal “research” regarding what actually worked for my body, not just in regard to my CF treatments, but to my body and my life as a whole. I began taking a closer look at my diet, different types of bodywork, other medical treatments, and approaches to healing from around the world.

I learned what worked for me, and through diet and bodywork, I was able to go four full years without having to be hospitalized for IV treatments, rather than going in every 6 months for  IV antibiotics as I had been.

Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive disease. My body and my lungs have changed since that four-year respite. I go in for care more frequently now, but I am still doing very well for someone with my diagnosis. There’s no question (and my doctors agree) that taking a more active role in my health care has changed the course of where it looked like this disease was headed as I was entering my late teens.

By the time I was 20, I had had six sinus surgeries. By my third sinus surgery, my ENT (ear nose and throat doctor) told me that I just had to understand that I would probably need these surgeries every six months for the rest of my life. I dreaded those surgeries, so this news was heart breaking for me.

Here’s where taking an active role in my health care made a significant difference. I am happy to say, that with diligent diet choices and regular self-care, I HAVE NOT HAD A SINUS SURGERY IN OVER 14 YEARS. This alone would be enough of a reason for me to continue on my path. But as they say, there’s more: I am currently 34 years old and still breathing with my own lungs. Now, in case you’re not familiar with Cystic Fibrosis, this is an amazing feat for someone diagnosed with CF in 1979 who has homozygous deltaF508 (thatʼs the particular mutation of CF that I have). In fact, at one point I was asked to be part of a study because my caregivers could not understand how I was doing so well with my particular genetic mutation of Cystic Fibrosis. They wanted to study my blood. I suggested they study my lifestyle choices, but to this point, that has not been done.

With Grace and continued exploration around full health, I’ve outlived expectations, and I’ve made life-changing discoveries for myself. I have been able to live a full life and now have gained enough personal experience to help others discover their own healthy choices.

After training to become a New York State licensed massage therapist specializing in Myofascial Release and Shiatsu, I continued on to become a Health Coach. This is where Iʼve had the privilege of seeing peopleʼs lives change.

Throughout all my experience, on my own and with the people I’ve worked with, the theme is the same — ENGAGE WITH OUR LIFE. This means

  • Take an active role in treatments
  • Work with what you have
  • Make appropriate life choices towards what you want
  • Find and make space for joy
  • Know when and where itʼs right to let go

HERE COMES THE MEDICATION LABELING IDEA (finally right?!)

The experiment came with myself first. In my personal quest to explore other approaches to health, I had been reading about Masuru Emotoʼs work with labeling and water crystals. The part of his work that I was most attracted to was this idea that we could influence the shape of water crystals by the energy that we directed toward them.
Emotoʼs experiments used pictures, music, actually talking to the water, and labeling of samples of water. His findings were that the shape of the crystals formed by freezing the water changed based on the influence of the methods mentioned above.

I was really fascinated by this and began my own experiments with labeling my water bottles. I didnʼt stop there, though! Given that our human bodies, depending on our stage of life and health, are anywhere from 90-75% water, I was curious about how the water in my body would respond to labeling. I became conscious of clothing and specifically the messages written on them. Working out of my home, I designed a small clothing line based on wearing positive life affirming messages. More on that in another blog ;).

I started to use body crayons and make-up pencils to write little messages of health on my body at times when it felt like I could use some extra support. I noticed that it made a difference, and it had an added bonus — IT WAS FUN :). It made me smile when otherwise I might not have easily done so.

I also noticed that this labeling idea was a chance for me to make a conscious decision about what type of energy and intention I was calling into my body. It was a simple physical and visual step that helped me to focus attention and TLC where I needed it most.

And still, I didnʼt stop there. The next time that I was hospitalized I began to use this labeling with my IV med bags. I began asking the nurses if I could please hold the bags for a minute before they were hung. Once the bag was in my hands I would decide what quality I most wanted to be a part of my treatment at that time, take a minute to actually feel that, and then write the word, phrase, or a sometimes quick picture of it on my med bag.

It only took a minute, but it totally changed the tone of the treatments in such a wonderful way that I have not looked back since. Even on their busiest days the nurses were happy to give me the minute that this took. In fact many of them, the next time they came in, would hand me my med bag without me even asking, while they got my med pump set up.

At this point I was writing right on the med bags themselves with a sharpie marker. Many of my nurses just smiled and handed me both my med bag and the marker next to my bedside waiting to see what I would write this time. Some of the nurses just accepted it as my ritual and didnʼt pay much attention. Some asked questions about what I was doing. An added bonus was that a good number of them had a smile on their own faces as they left the room, and I know that they have, with my permission, shared this concept with other patients.

Iʼve been labeling all of my IV bags, including my home meds and equipment, ever since. A favorite phrase of mine that ends up on most things in some form is “Love and Gratitude”. Sometimes itʼs just more of a reminder and I do it quickly. Other times it’s a longer pause as I take the time to be very thoughtful about what I want to call on for a particular treatment, before choosing just the right word or phrase. Sometimes it takes a little extra effort to really feel into where I am at. Quick or not, there is no question. EVERY time it makes a difference.

MY DREAM: PATIENTS OF ALL AGES RECOGNIZING & USING THE POWER OF CHOICE AS MEDICINE

So as you’ve read (if you’ve made it this far), I didnʼt begin labeling my IV bags until I was a young adult, when I saw the importance of having harmony between body, mind, and medication/treatments. And now I have shared this concept with other adults and children and watched it make a difference in their lives as well.

I want to offer what I have learned so the lives of little ones who walk a similar path can be a little easier, a little sooner,  a little more joy-filled, at each step. I want to help them open the door to the power of their choice. Intention is powerful medicine.  I know this first hand.

My dream in creating BoosterJots is to be able to reach more people, have a bigger impact on how we look at medicine, treatments, and health care in general.  I decided to start with hospitals because I believe there is a teaching possibility in these places.  If we can reach the caregivers for the children in these life changing situations, we not only have an opportunity to impact that situation for the child in a positive way, but we have the potential to help them make a major shift in the rest of their lives.

The Booster Jots Concept can help children to start healthy, helpful patterns early on.  The basic concept is to give kids a choice in what they will receive as a part of their treatments, to encourage them to think about what will help THEM to feel well.

BoosterJots packets offer something simple that anyone can do to have a big impact on their treatments. My hope is to offer children, and adults too, for that matter, an avenue for choice about how to relate to their care and their life. In my experience, when given the choice, kids start to light up. They naturally choose joy.  They know what to do.  All they need is a little encouragement.

TO PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS, WITH LOVE

You can help your child make a difference in their own care.

I believe in your child’s healing capabilities. Give them the chance to show you what they will create.


More from Kori at KoriTolbert.com

Gratitude

BoosterJots would like to thank all of our Booster Jots Helpers

We’d like to say a big thank you to the BoosterJots’ Superstars below.
Their contributions are a big part of what has brought BoosterJots to YOU.

Betsy Traub Photography
Kalman Zsamboky
Priscilla Auchincloss,
Andy Ballerstein,
Willow3 Design and their special helpers: Abbie, Kenzie, Kaitlyn, Celise, Anabelle & Kiley!

Love and Gratitude,
The BoosterJots Team