Magnificent Monday – Don’t Sweat a Doctor’s Visit

Magnificent Monday – it is magnificent to not to sweat a doctor’s visit.

Each Monday throughout the month of October, will be dealing with the topic – “Never let them see you sweat.” We have already dealt with industry conferencesjob interviews, and parent teacher conferences. The no sweat topic for today is handling a doctor’s visit.

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 Once again, research is the key to a no sweat encounter. Whether you are going to the doctor’s office for an emergency matter or a routine check up, you should research and prepare for the visit.  When dealing with a medical professional, you should keep in mind the doctor’s reason for meeting with you in the office is to address your health and your concerns. Any questions or comments you have are relevant and it is the doctor’s responsibility and job to address them with you. This is your time with the doctor, do not allow the doctor to rush off or leave without being satisfied that all your questions and concerns have been addressed.

Bring a pen and paper with you. If you are a technology person like myself, bring your Kindle Fire.  When I prepare for a doctor’s visit for myself, my husband or my children, I do the same preparation. I use my Kindle Fire and type in a note and leave space for additional information obtained at the doctor’s office.  I type in the date and time of the visit along with the doctor’s name and the reason for the visit. Next I fill in all the information I want to give the doctor. This includes symptoms, problems, good points and a list of facts I want the doctor to know. After that, I fill in the list of questions I want the doctor to answer. This includes questions about my problem and any research I have done that I would like to discuss with the doctor.

I have used the same pediatrician, Dr. Judith Turow at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania for 16 years. When she left Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia for Wynnewood, we followed her. If she transfers to ABC Hospital in East Jablip, we will follow her there. Dr. Turow always listens to our description of the situation and any relevant information we want to share. She always answers all our questions from any source. We always leave her office feeling satisfied.  In another post I will detail specific examples of all the wonderful things she has done for my children. The point here is that the doctor is at work to help you, do your part to make it possible for the doctor to help you.

Research and preparation may help you to survive a visit to the doctor’s office without sweat. So, the question for you this Magnificent Monday is, how do you prepare for doctor’s visits?

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