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Ask-The-Doctor Checklist


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BEFORE THE VISIT

  • make a list of symptoms or complaints
  • make a list of any medications you are currently taking
  • if you have seen a doctor before for this problem, take the record with you

DURING THE VISIT

  • state your main problem first
  • describe your symptoms
  • describe your past experiences with the same problem

FOR MEDICATIONS, TESTS, OR TREATMENTS

  • ask for the name of the medication, test, or procedure
  • find out why you need it
  • learn what the risks are
  • find out if there are any alternatives
  • ask what happens if you do nothing
  • find out how to properly take the medication
  • ask how to prepare for the test or procedure

WHEN THE VISIT IS OVER, ASK...

  • Do I need to return for another visit?
  • Can I phone in for test results?
  • What danger signs should I look for?
  • When do I need to report back about my condition?
  • What else do I need to know?

WRITE DOWN

  • what's wrong
  • what might happen next
  • what you can do at home

 

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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.


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