From Some Letters To My Children…
Most of you are hale and hearty now – I’m grateful for that. However, there are regular maintenance checks required on those beautiful bodies. You may run into health issues during your life and I hope this list helps you. Some reminders, with love, from me to you…
Nobody…NOBODY..knows your body like you do.
If you pay attention to what it’s telling you – it will let you know what it needs and doesn’t need.
- Get references about your doctor – a certain amount of information is available online. Ask friends and especially those in the medical profession – nurses, paramedics, everyone you know – for the best doctor – and hospital.
- When you meet, interview. You’re hiring – he/she is not hiring you. You get to choose.
- Does this doctor really connect and listen to you? Does he/she give you time without rushing you? Does he take good notes on what you’re telling him so that he can remember your history next time he sees you?
- You’re in control. It’s your body. Trust your gut. Always. If you don’t feel comfortable, get more information. If you have a question – ask it. Get answers. It’s your body.
Your health and your body are your responsibility so don’t mindlessly put yourself in his/her hands.
This is your life. And Health.
- It takes time – if ever – for your doctor to get to know you. Basically, what you tell him is what he’ll know.
- Be very honest – there is nothing to be embarrassed about. He’s heard and seen it all. This is your life. And health.
- Think about what you need help with, write down your questions before your visit.
- Again, be sure you’ve gotten all of the answers you need to feel comfortable before you leave.
Before you put anything in – or on – your body, know everything about it. IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!
- With every prescription, or over-the-counter medication, look up information on the internet.
- Know the contraindications and cautions.
- Be sure to check for interactions with other drugs and foods and supplements.
- Know common side-effects.
- Talk to a pharmacist before you take a med – tell him anything else you’re taking – over the counter, vitamins, etc.
This may sound overwhelming but it’s simple. There are apps available that take a few minutes to learn what you need to know. I have Medscape for interactions and drug info.
- Drugs are powerful.
- They ALL have side-effects.
- Doctors and pharmacists make mistakes. You’re responsible to be sure that you’re taking what was prescribed – and how it was prescribed.
Doctors have protocols and don’t know everything about your body – that is impossible. If you see a reason that you prefer not to take a med, ask the doctor if there is an alternative and tell him why.
- If it doesn’t make sense, question it.
- Don’t be intimidated by a doctor. He’s working for you. You’re in control.