Wanna accompany me to my appointment?

imsuzie2
By imsuzie2 Latest Reply 2010-01-13 19:21:18 -0600
Started 2010-01-13 03:56:54 -0600

When my husband was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year, a friend offered to accompany us to San Diego for pre-op testing to just take notes for us. She commented how most people go to the doctor and forget questions they have or answers the doctor gives…maybe if some of us live near each other, and need that kind of help, we can become "appointment buddies". What do you think?


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spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-01-13 14:53:59 -0600 Report

I kkep a journal for each year. Its a cross between a log book,food plan, exercise journal. I also keep a list of all lab results. I have pages for questioms and concerns. I am lucky to
have a diabetes team which includes: Internest,Endoccrologist,
Physical therapist, Nutritionist. My appoinments are set up so I go from one to the other. I just take my journal with me and we cover everything. I am lucky I at one time worked in this diabetes center and they take time with each person
that comes. They know first hand the frustrations and fears that come with diabetes. In our center in order to be
employed there you had to be a diabetic for at lease a year before you could work there.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-01-13 12:52:50 -0600 Report

I am so lucky when I go to the Doc my wife goes with me and shes a CCRN and works with a lot of the Docs
and she rights it all down and helps with all the Questions
Not a day goes by that I dont thank god for my wife.
Best wishes all
Harlen

Deb-G
Deb-G 2010-01-13 09:44:35 -0600 Report

I have a health journal…

(aside from my diabetic food log etc)

but I write out questions, thoughts, etc all before I go to the appointments…and i'm not afraid to open the journal while i'm sitting there…I'm paying for the time lol

Its def good to have someone with you, but if you cant, or dont want to…keep a journal of your appointments, points discussed, questions to ask…etc…

Its also helpful to refer back to for previous blood work results and more…

I only started doing this when I had complications but I honestly wish I had started it sooner…

Be well :)

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-13 19:17:23 -0600 Report

What a great idea! I already keep a journal; adding a health journal would be (relatively) easy. Thanks for the suggestion.

cc9
cc9 2010-01-13 07:02:59 -0600 Report

its a great idea!! firstly you feel less intimidated by the doc. secondly you have someone there for emotional support - ( i hate going to the specialist as i always anticipate bad news), 3rd you have someone hearing what is said so when you talk about it later over a tea/coffee, you can check in about what was said and implied. my ex used to buddy me on my trips to pathology and endocrinologist except he would always mutter under his breath how they (the women) were all men hating lesbians!!!!!! found out it was better for me to attend appointments on my own than be stressed about his behaviour.
if i lived in the states i would be happy to be a buddy.
good luck with finding a buddy.

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