Going to the doctor’s office is an event. In some ways, it is similar to preparing for a trip or getting ready to go grocery shopping. The best outcome comes when you are ready. Let’s go through some quick tips to make the most of your office visit.
Verify Your Appointment Time
Make sure to check the date, time and location for your appointment. Knowing where you are going can help to alleviate some the anxiety that can come with going to see the doctor.
Bring Your Medications (or carry a list)
This way we can make sure we have the most accurate and up-to-date list of what you are taking. If you are taking insulin, it may be difficult (and not advised) to bring to the visit, so consider writing down all the information about the insulin (name, pen or vial, how much you take) or take a picture!
Quick Tip: Make sure to let us know about any supplements you are taking.
Bring Data with You
If there is any information that is important to management bring it with you. For instance, if you have diabetes and are checking your blood sugar regularly, bring your glucose meter or a chart/journal of your most recent blood sugars.
Mention Any New Concerns or Problems
Make sure to tell your provider about any new symptoms or concerns. Also update them on recent hospital stays or major illnesses.
If you have any questions, make sure to ask. This is your time. Ask us to explain something that seems unclear (clarify changes to management, review the plan, review potential side effects of medications, explain your condition).
Quick Tip: If you feel like you forget your questions whenever you go to the doctor’s office, this is common for all of us! Try jotting down any questions in week (s) leading up to your appointment.
Remember that your appointment is your time to address your health. Consider these tips when preparing for your clinic visit!