What a busy time of year you are in! There are so many advertisements for “special deals”, activities and general busyness.
You could have doctor’s appointments scheduled. You don’t need to feel additional stress from them. It can be a lot to juggle so here are a few ideas to help you manage your medical life.
First, be sure you have a working calendar to keep track of important dates. Keep the calendar in a central place and check it daily.
Next, prepare for your visit to the doctor. Share any health problems or changes in your habits or medications. Perhaps have 3 or 4 questions prepared ahead as well.
It can be hard to remember all that a doctor tells you. You can take notes or get a printout of the visit from your doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask the doctor to repeat something.
If you need any treatments, have a discussion with your doctor on any risks and costs. Are there any options on treatments?
Are you hard of hearing? Be sure you ask your doctor to speak up or repeat so you can understand any information shared.
Additionally, if you are feeling rushed or uncomfortable let the doctor know. The time was set up for you and the doctor may need a reminder of its importance to you.
We here at Private Home Health Care want you to be a strong advocate in your medical life. Don’t be afraid to make sure your doctor supports you as best they can.