Going to the doctor takes time, however you do not have much time actually with the doctor. In order to maximize your 10 minutes, prepare in advance for your visit .
In this video, I talk about the sheet I create before each doctor’s visit, using a program such as Word (PC) or Pages (Mac) to create a file and save it for future reference. I will print a copy of my sheet to take with me and for my doctor to keep in my folder.
It helps to streamline the time we have and helps me to think of all my concerns and questions in advance. Also, I will not forget my questions because I’ve already written them down.
Here are the pieces of information I include:
- My name, date of appointment, my doctor’s name
- Current medication s (and supplements) including dosage and frequency
- Reason for that day’s visit including current concerns
- Anything which is new or has happened since last visit
- Any symptoms or concerns which continue since last visit
- Up to three questions for the doctor or my MS nurse
What do you do to prepare for YOUR doctor’s visits?
Lisa Emrich is a patient advocate, accomplished speaker, author of the award-winning blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA, and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers. Lisa uses her experience to educate patients, raise disease awareness, encourage self-advocacy, and support patient-centered research. Lisa frequently works with non-profit organizations and has brought the patient voice to health care conferences and meetings worldwide. Follow Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.