Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I'm making a list...
They (the proverbial 'they') tell us a good patient brings a list of questions with them to their doctor appointments. I do this - I usually write them down but sometimes I just think through what I want to ask. I try to be a good patient but know I am not perfect.
While in treatment and for a few years after I used to keep a running list of questions for the doctor on my computer. I'm not that fancy any more. I pretend my brain will work and I'll remember what I want to ask until a few days prior when I start thinking about things and then decide I cant remember them all and slightly panic.
I am at that panic point now. What the heck was I going to ask my doctor anyway? So I'm making a list. I started yesterday at work jotting down on a post-it. I quickly switched to a larger post-it. I need a bigger piece of paper so I can't lose it. I use paper because its easier than the high tech route of a word doc on my phone to update.
I know this will be my basic annual physical. As basic as any doctor appointment is with two cancer diagnoses. I know I will be sent for blood work and a chest x-ray. Maybe some other doctors for follow ups on assorted ailments. I never get to just go to the doctor and leave. I plan my annual physicals for first thing in the morning so my trips to the blood lab and x-ray avoid the long lines.
So today I will focus on making my list - once I find the list I started yesterday. On a nice big piece of lined paper so I can bring them with me and write down the answers. Like the good patient I pretend to be.