I can’t speak for you, but doctors stress me out!
I prepare for medical appointments the same way I prepare for final exams.
I spend weeks researching terms and piecing together what I believe is relevant data.
I print out pages of medical journals pouring over complex medical terminology I’m not qualified to comprehend. That doesn’t stop me from trying.
Armed with groundbreaking information…recent symptom checklist…list of questions… I’m prepared for battle.
It NEVER seems to go as well as planned out in my head!
Doc: ” Hello. I’m Dr. SharpAsATack. What brings you here today?”
Me: “Well, this is happening. Ok, let me tell you. Did you read the latest breakthrough? Is this 5th symptom on my checklist normal? The last doctor I saw said I have Xyz. Do you believe me? ”
You know what I’m talking about?
It’s kinda sad. Fighting to get your life back, while given 15 minutes to plead your case in front of Dr. SharpAsATack, and the opportunity gets away because of intimidation. Craziness.
Scrubs and a lab coat get me every time.
I’ve been unable to view Dr. SharpAsATack as human, which rocks my confidence, hence spew.
There has to be a better way. Let’s get some things straight.
#1. Doctors are human!
Kinda. They are “special” humans that have a fascinating ability to understand complex data. Don’t allow that specialized knowledge to intimidate you.
#2. Less is more.
What expletive runs through my doctors mind when he/she glances at my manila folder filled with papers! Lol. I’m guessing… $HIT!
There’s nothing wrong keeping up on the latest medical findings, but be mindful not to inundate your doctor on the initial visit. Allow the relationship to cultivate. After a relationship is established, don’t be afraid to suggest an article you two can review.
Tip: While at initial visit, stay focused on presenting your medical history. If you suffer from dizziness, check out VEDAs suggested worksheets.
#3. Trust yourself.
I start to get a hot flash the second after the nurse says…” The doctor will be right with you.”
After nine years of living with these wretched symptoms, one might assume I would be confident rattling off my symptoms. That’s the problem with hidden disabilities. You learn to become a defense attorney that represents your symptoms from the first offense. Folks poke holes at your defense and you start questioning yourself! You live in your body and you know when something is off! Trust that.
I’m hoping these few simple points will help us both stay focused and remove some stress when tackling the next medical appointment.
Hugs and know that someone has your back.