In today’s busy world, your doctor appointment may only last 10 to 15 minutes. It is important to be prepared so you get the most out of your visit.
Know Your Stuff
Come to every appointment with the following:
• A list of questions. It is very easy to forget what you wanted to ask, and you may not be able to get in touch with your doctor later. Write down questions as you think of them, and bring the list to your appointment.
• A not about your symptoms. If you are having particular symptoms, be sure to write them down so that you can discuss them with your doctor. How frequent are the symptoms? How severe?
• Your blood sugar readings. Most blood glucose meters today have a memory that automatically records your blood glucose results. If your meter has that option, bring it with you. If not, you should keep a written record of your readings to show to your doctor or pharmacist.
• All medication information. Bring a list of all your medications, including those that may have been prescribed by other doctors, as well as over-the-counter medications and vitamins or supplements that you may be taking.
• Bring a notebook and pen with you. Write down what the doctor or pharmacist tells you. If may seem clear when you are hearing it, but chances are that if you don’t write it down, you will have questions later.
Ask your pharmacist for written information about all of your medications. This should include what the names are (brand names and generic names), what they are for, how often you should take them and what they look like (especially if you take a lot of pills).