Let’s face it, if you’re suffering from chronic pain, you deal with some very difficult situations. The non-stop pain, immobility, frustration with our doctors, mental fogginess, etc all combine to really give us a tough time. Often you want to capture those moments or thoughts in your Diary Entry via the Comments Tracker, and that is definitely what it’s there for.
But sometimes, you might hesitate adding comments of a more personal nature, or perhaps comments critical of your doctor or her staff. If you’re supplying your doctor copies of your Diary Reports, you probably don’t want them reading about how you think they don’t know a degenerative disc from a donut. That’s where the comment privacy option comes in.
You may not have noticed, but in the header of the Comment Tracker, you’ll see a small gray lock and key icon. If you click that icon, it will turn into a golden lock that is closed which indicates that this comment is flagged as a private comment. By default, private comments will not be included in either the Diary History or Summary Reports. The reports will still identify that a comment was made in the Diary Entry, but it will only show the content as “[Private Comment]” as shown in the example reports below.
Now as handy as that is, we recognize that there may be times when you DO want to include the private comments in the report output. Perhaps you’re generating the reports for your only personal review or something. Regardless of the intent, the feature is available to you.
Simply go to the Setting Tab, Diary Preferences, and then General Comments. In the Reporting Generation Options section, you’ll see a switch labeled “Show Private Comments?” Setting this switch to YES will ignore the privacy settings and will include the private comments in the report. Just make sure you set it back to NO before you export that next report to your doctor!
Please note that to take full advantage of the Comment Privacy option, you need to use Chronic Pain Tracker v3.0.5 and up.