Have you ever been at a doctors appointment and felt extremely overwhelmed and just unprepared? Been there and done that. It’s also easy to have a mental list of symptoms like your skin rash last week and then you forget to tell your doctor. Been there and itched that. Due to the amount of doctors appointments I’ve been to, I have learned how to be prepared, catered to knowing how overwhelmed and forgetful I become. Here is a list that I hope benefits you as well.
When you have a doctors appointment monthly you often forget what symptoms you have already told your family doctor but not your GI doctor and it’s easy to accidentally leave a symptom out. I have learned no symptom is minor when it comes to a chronic illness or figuring out what disease or illness you may have. If you write down the date and the symptom in a journal and bring it to your next appointment it truly can help you remember that you had low blood pressure 2 weeks ago and stomach pains last month.
Some doctors offices are not in the same network as others and don’t have every detail a different office has. If you’re like me and you are a pro at knowing what medications you have to take at what time, but you don’t know the dosage or the full name of it, then we are in the same boat. When it comes time for the nurse to ask you what medicine you take, you blank. Save a copy of what medication you take, put the full name, how often you take it, and the dosage. You will be way more prepared and you will make the nurses job way easier. It’s a win- win!
Now I know you are probably saying,”WELL DUH!” But just stick with me for a second. I can’t tell you how many times I have written my next appointment down and then forgotten it, or scheduled another appointment on top of that one, or put it on my calendar in my room and still forgotten it (and yes, I have done all that’s listed way too many times). I have learned what organization technique works best for me. I write in my calendar in my phone, if you haven’t discovered it, it’s magical. You can create what date your appointment is on your calendar app in your phone, type what time your appointment is, and set an alarm so you definitely won’t forget, and then save it.
Being prepared makes this whole process a little less stressful and hopefully make you feel more at ease. It makes the doctors job less difficult when you are prepared. It may also make figuring out your diagnosis a little easier. If you have any techniques you use that you find helpful for you, let me know in the comment section below, and remember to share this blog to potentially make an arduous situation for someone else hopefully a little less hectic!