Leading up to your visit, write down questions that you have for your doctor as well as symptoms that you may be experiencing. If you don't know the terminology just be as descriptive as possible. When at your appointment, jot down the doctor's answers to your questions as well as any instructions or recommendations for you to follow. Keep a file with your medical records (family medical history, immunization record, medications and basic information such as known allergies and blood type) and add your notes to the file after your visit.
Take it easy.
You might be in pain. You might be starving because you've been told to fast. You might be anxious about a test result. Take a deep breath. Relax. Make yourself comfortable. Anticipate waiting and bring something to read to keep your mind off your worries. Your being there shows that you are concerned about your health and your doctor is there to serve you.
Take the initiative.
Don't hesitate to ask questions or ask for clarification until you are sure about everything regarding your visit and you are confident that you understand all explanations and instructions. Are there any tests or screenings recommended for you? Be sure to get clear on what the next step is for you to take - do you need a follow up appointment for this visit? If not, when is the next time you should visit the doctor for a routine check-up?
I hope you find these tips helpful, even if they are just a reminder for you. If you would like to explore further how you can track your health, practice relaxation techniques, or interpret the doctor's orders to suit your lifestyle, that is where I come in as a health coach. Contact me today to discover how I can support you in achieving your health goals, whether they were set for you by your doctor or if you are ready to go above and beyond.