How do you get the most out of your doctor’s visit, medical tests, or procedures? Talk, talk, talk, and talk more.

If you know you have a problem, get it across to the person in more than one way. Make sure they are listening, get acknowledgment that they heard you, repeat it.

Going for a blood test? Tell the technician if you have small veins, need a butterfly needle, or if you are going to faint if the vein rolls and they keep digging for blood. If the technician can’t get it the first time, ask for another technician. Emory University AUTOMATICALLY requires a tech to stop after one try.

Going for a cat scan or MRI? Tell them you are claustrophobic or anxious. Perhaps tell the physician & get a medication to calm you down beforehand. It’s better than freaking out in the machine and you can’t do anything about it until you get out. It’s not fun to have four people pick you up off the floor.

Routine doctor’s visit? WRITE out your medications you are taking, any symptoms. Any changes in your lifestyle/ health since your last visit. Write out any questions before you go. Take your spouse… Sometimes you need someone there to remind you if you forgot anything, to write down what the doctor says to help you remember.

If you don’t feel good about the situation, TALK!

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