Doctors, like us, are busy and so it can take a while to get an appointment to see your family physician. As such, it’s not always an option to simply make a second appointment when you realize you forgot to mention that mole you’d like to have examined, which is why it’s important to plan ahead for your next appointment to make sure you get the most out of your visit.
1. Write it down.
It’s hard to remember things that you want to talk about, so writing it all down means you don’t need to do any mental gymnastics while you’re in the office. Instead, you can have an in-depth conversation and be totally present instead of searching your brain for anything you may have forgotten.
2. Ask questions.
And ask lots! It’s important to understand the whys and hows of your health care so you can find the treatment option best for you. If you’re not sure, ask. If you want more clarity, ask. If it doesn’t seem like it’s right, ask. And if you have questions in general, write those down to bring to your appointment!
3. Bring your medications (or a list of medications).
Drug-drug interactions can be serious, so it’s important to ensure your physician is aware of any medications you’re taking – including over-the-counter products. InnoviCares makes it easy to keep track of your current and past medications – simply login to your profile and view your electronic medicine cabinet!
4. Check your prescription refills and expirations.
If you take a regular medication and you might be due for a refill, bring it to your doctor’s attention to avoid a lapse in therapy and/or a second appointment. If you require special medications or healthcare products (i.e. Epinephrine injectors), make sure you check the expiration date in case you need to replace.
5. Don’t be afraid to open up.
Talking about intimate issues is hard, no matter how you slice it, but know that your physician has probably heard (and seen) it all before. Discussing the things that are hardest to talk about can help you identify illness and get started on a treatment path that brings you back to health.