It’s often the case that we spend weeks thinking about what we’re going to tell the doctor on our next visit, only to forget in a whirlwind ten minutes in the appointment room.
A doctor relies on what well tell them to provide the best care possible, so it’s important that we manage to convey everything that we want to tell them in the short timeframe that we have.
Tom Kessler, the owner of the in-home care provider, Always Best Care, has seen upcoming doctor’s appointments bring out the best and worst in seniors in senior care in Denver CO over the last ten years. While some make the most of the opportunity by carefully planning out what they want to say, others tend to become stressed and worry.
To make sure you make the most of your trip to the doctors and leave feeling reassured, Kessler has kindly drawn up a list of three things you can do in preparation and during your visit, below:
Make a List
Write down everything you would like to tell the doctor and order it in terms of priority. That way, if you do run out of time, you’ll have still covered the most important topics.
Listing small details, such as symptoms and how it’s affecting your daily life, could be the difference in your doctor lowering your dosage or prescribing you a different medicine.
It’s also important to remember that your symptoms aren’t just related to physical effects either – if any medicine you’re taking is making you feel stressed or depressed, make sure you tell your doctor.
Take a Pen or Something to Record With
A lot of information can fly about a doctor’s office in 600 seconds, so we would always recommend taking a pen or something to record the conversation with such as a phone.
If the doctor would like you to undergo any tests, make sure you’re clear about the purpose of them and what they should show. It’s also a good idea to clarify whether you have to ring up the doctor’s surgery to find out about the results or whether they will post them out to you.
Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions if you’re unclear on something they have told you, especially regarding any new medication. If you know your memory isn’t your strong point, consider asking a friend or relative to accompany you to the appointment.