Friday, March 14, 2014

TIP of the WEEK: Making Doctors Visits Manageable


Going to the doctors does not have to be a stressful event if a few things are taken into consideration beforehand:

  • 1. If fasting labs are the beginning of your day, or heaven forbid your afternoon, reassure your child that they will get all of their daily calories, just at a different time. This will make the skipped meal a little easier if they know that they will still get their calories, just later than usual.
  • 2. Doctors talk fast and sometimes assume that we know more than we do. Never be afraid to ask for clarification. When possible bring someone else along with you and when that is not possible be sure to bring a pen and paper along. You will not remember everything that was said no matter how hard you try.
  • 3. If this is a new doctor ask for a double appointment. You will need this time to go over the printed PWS medical information from PWSAUSA. If you just hand it to them, they will likely not read it thoroughly.
  • 4. If you are scheduling an appointment for a non emergency, try for early Monday mornings as they tend to be the least busiest time for doctors offices with less wait time and the ability for a longer, less rushed appointment.
  • 5. Plan something fun for after the appointment if your child doesn't like going to the doctor. Having something to look forward to is the best way to get through something unpleasant.
  • 6. If your child is fearful or adamantly opposes going to see their doctor, consider switching. Pediatricians should be able to provide a calm and safe atmosphere and if this isn't happening then it might be time to see someone else.
  • 7. Call ahead and ask that all treats like candy bowls or lollipops be removed while you are there. To be safe do this before every appointment.
  • 8. Finally, as your child ages let them participate in medical decisions and discussions and they will be better advocates for themselves in adulthood.

Patrice Carroll
Manager PWS Services

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