I’ve always been a bit nervous going into consults and sometimes feel like I forget a lot of things because of that anxiety. I thought I would start up a thread to talk about some good strategies around this feeling to avoiding the whole “uhh… I forgot everything we talked about” situation a couple hours later.
I can update this post with people’s tips, so they’re all in one spot.
Come with issues or concerns in mind (or written down) - I think we’ve all felt a little rushed by the doctor when we go see them, because they’re running behind or they only have a set time that they get compensated for for a consult. There may be a lot of issues that they think are important, but don’t necessarily address your concerns. Coming in with a list of concerns can help you focus the conversation on some of the issues that you want addressed.
Bring a trusted friend/family member - Having someone there may prevent you from missing any bits of the conversation and help the discussion. It can also help ease your anxieties. They can even help you advocate for your welfare if you aren’t feeling up to it (Tips on making the most of your consults - #3 by Suwang88).
Bring a pad and paper to make notes - You’re much less likely to forget things if you write them down. Not just that you have something to stick up, but the act of writing something down can help solidify memories (I insist that all of my students take notes during our meetings).
Record the visit (Tips on making the most of your consults - #2 by Elton) - Though it’s a good idea to ask first (Tips on making the most of your consults - #3 by Suwang88).
Change doctors if you feel like there’s poor communication - (Tips on making the most of your consults - #4 by Bansah1) Different people need different doctors. It’s a relationship and it’s best to leave that relationship if things aren’t working out.
Looking forward to the community’s suggestions of strategies they’ve used (or ones from our Health Experts that they’ve seen).