Prepare for Provider Visits
We must become ambassadors for our own health in every way that we can, because nobody else has the time.
What does this mean?
Here are tips for achieving these goals:
Get your records together
1) A full medical history, including a family medical history – you can create your own here https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/FHH/html/index.html
2) Reports: Hospital records, Lab results, diagnostic reports, health screening reports, etc…
NOTE: Some of these records may take a significant amount of time to track down, request, and obtain. Start the process early, track the documents you have requested, where you obtained them, when they are taken, and when you received them. Once you’ve obtained your records, provide a copy to your doctor, and keep the original for yourself. Most doctor’s offices will be happy to make copies or download images on your behalf. Once you have your records, the My Journey, My Choices Your Healing Planner is a great place to organize and store them.
3) A list of all prescriptions, over the counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements.
Download The Caring Ambassadors Program’s free My Medication and Supplements reference sheet.
Take the intake questionnaire seriously
Keep a symptom diary
Bring a Health Ally
Make the most out of the opening discussion:
Patient 1: “I’ve been feeling awful for the past several weeks: exhausted, in pain, and putting on weight for no apparent reason.”
Patient 2: “My mom died last month. I’ve been in charge of handling her estate and all the funeral arrangements. I’m so busy and stressed that I can’t even grieve, sleep or cook a decent meal at home. I’m exhausted, in pain, gaining weight, and I’m worried about the effect all of this is having on my underlying medical condition.”