Why is the right doctor important?
You MUST want to follow your medical plan in order to have the most quality of life when you’re living with chronic conditions. In order to do that you MUST WANT to live up to your physician’s expectations based on your treatment plan. If he/she doesn’t have expectations of your disease and your health, then you have NO PLAN. No PLAN? Get one! Here’s how:
- The Appointment
Bring the FOUR P’s for your PLAN: Pad, Paper, Pen & a Person.
This shows you mean business. Your here to write down your medications, the times you take them, what to do if they are causing side effects or need adjusting, to bring medical issues to your doctor’s attention (try & keep them down to 3), and to listen, learn & make a list (The THREE L’s) to bring some improvement into living with your chronic condition!
Bring someone with you to your appointment, they are your BACK-UP. They are there to do everything you are doing & to share notes with afterwards! Bringing someone with you to your appointment can make all the difference- some physicians may take their questions more seriously than if you asked it. People who know you and your symptoms may not be as afraid to tell the doctors what and how intense some of the symptoms you are having REALLY ARE!
2. What if your doctor still doesn’t seem to be listening? Make an appointment for one reason, and one reason only. To talk. Q & A time. You can even ask the doctor to see you AT HIS or HER DESK!
“Why?” you ask? This shifts the dynamic of the appointment in several important ways!
It puts you, the patient, eye to eye with your physician- it reinforces that you and your doctor are a TEAM with one goal in mind: YOUR SUCCESS at living the best life you can under the circumstances of having compromised health.
It shows your physician that you are serious about your health! And that’s something ALL DOCTORS WANT TO HEAR! This will not only impress your physician, but it will bring you closer together as a TEAM.
And last but not least-
3. The Follow Up:
Without actually following up with your doctor, all your hard work can go down the drain!
This is the time where you make an appointment with your doctor to discuss how the medications are working, the intensity of your symptoms and any new symptoms. If you’ve done your job your physician is now attentive to you and your health goals.
The RIGHT DOCTOR can make all the difference in your efforts for quality of life. When you have a doctor who believes in you- you will try harder! It really makes a difference!
If you’ve spoken to your doctor and you aren’t getting that “team vibe”, and it’s more than “he seems too busy” or “he’s having a bad day” kind of thing, it may be time for hiring a new one! Yes, your physician works for YOU. YOU are paying HIM. And don’t feel bad, a good fit is very important to your success. Doctors are like night and day., they truly are. No one is alike. Feel free to go so far as to INTERVIEW your doctor before you commit to being a patient at his/her office! You are ENTITLED to choose your doctor! After all, there is nothing more important to you than YOUR HEALTH!
When you get home ORGANIZE your medications.