Healthy Habit Thursdays: 5 Great Tips Before You Visit The Doctor

RPA Hospital Christmas, December 1944 / by Sam...

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I had to visit an urgent care facility recently because my cough sounded like I had a cage full of lions in my chest.  The on-call doctor was very helpful and reassured me that it was “just” a simple upper respiratory infection…and she sent me home with instructions to stay hydrated, rest and take various medications she had prescribed.

When I got home, head muddled with feeling ill and medications, I was glad I had written down the instructions while I had been with the doctor. 

It made me realize that there are a few tips I could share with everyone, whether they are going to the doctor for themselves or for their children.

1.   Get a small spiral notebook.  On the inside cover list your doctors and dentists names, addresses and telephone numbers, along with the same information about your local hospital and the closest urgent care walk-in clinic.

2.   Make a copy of your health insurance card (both sides), if you have one, and tape this to the inside of the notebook.  In an emergency, if your card is lost or misplaced, at least you will have the information you need and you will also be able to call your company regarding getting a new card.

3.   Use this notebook to jot down symptoms and questions before you go to see your doctor or before you call to make an appointment.  So often, in the “heat of the moment”, we forget to voice some of our concerns, and we go home with questions unanswered.

4.   It’s also a good idea to take the notebook to the doctor’s office to jot down his instructions.  How often do you get home and have to call the doctor’s office back (after they have left for the day) to clarify whether to use a heat pack or an ice pack or how many times a day to take certain medications?

5.   Take a drive past your local hospital, if you’ve never been there.  If it’s a nice day and you have children, park the car and take a walk around the grounds.  Go inside and visit the cafeteria for a snack.  If your child ever has to go to the hospital, he or she will remember this pleasant afternoon and may be less anxious.  Swinging by the nearest urgent care facility is a good idea also…instead of waiting until there is an emergency and you are searching for it with a sick and screaming child in the car.

Do you have any tips to add that might help others?  Please share!

And please stop by tomorrow for Follow-Me-Fridays: Where’s Miss Vivian?  I’ll be sharing my visit with Taylor School kindergartens and also my interview with two 4th-grade students who want to job shadow an author.  If you hop over to my website, you can purchase a copy of SHOW ME HOW! and enter to win a WONDERFUL PRIZE for your preschooler.