Pella Chronicle

Opinion

February 7, 2011

Ouder en Wijzer

(Older & Wiser)

Pella — Doctor, I Have A Question!

Have you ever left the doctor’s office with the feeling you’re forgetting something?  As soon as you get in the car, it hits you – a question you had been meaning to ask your doctor all week and it slipped your mind.  Now, you’ll have to call his office and wait for him to call back, or worse, never ask the question at all.  If only you had remembered!

You, the savvy senior, can make the most of doctor’s appointments by coming prepared!  Below are some easy but powerful ways to take charge of your own medical care by planning ahead for doctor’s visits.

Always have your medication list with you.  

Include prescriptions and over-the-counter meds on this list.  This is a good idea at any time, but having it at your doctor’s visit is a must.  My mom always keeps a laminated card with typed or printed medications and doses.  It’s so handy to just pull the card out and show your doctor.  This is especially handy for emergency room visits.  Typing it out or printing carefully can also help with getting names of medications accurate.  If you don’t type or have a computer, ask a family member to do it for you.  I would guess all of your kids or grandkids use a computer and would be glad to help you out.  You can have your card laminated at a local print shop or do it yourself using some clear contact paper or laminating sheets from Wal-Mart.   Oh, and don’t forget to give a copy to a family member and maybe even keep one on top of your refrigerator.  If the ambulance is called to your home, it’s an easy place for the EMT’s to find the information.

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