How to Prepare for a Sick Visit

Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment and realized you forgot to ask something important, but now it’s too late? It’s easy to do when you’re not feeling well. You can avoid that scenario in the future by taking a few simple steps. 

Just as you would prepare for any other meeting, it’s important to prepare for a visit to the doctor. Our physicians at NY Family Docs make sick visits easy for you; our six offices enable us to get you into the office right away when you’re not feeling well, rather than waiting a day or two because of a practice’s full schedule.   

Following are tips to help you make the most of your time with your doctor at NY Family Docs. 

Create a list of your concerns

Using a small notebook, create a list of topics you want to talk about. Since it’s a sick visit, what symptoms are troubling you or your child? Listing them helps you remember all of them. 

What about vaccinations and shots? When should you get a flu shot? If you’re 50, it’s time to check on getting a preventive shot against shingles. If you’re planning a trip overseas, what vaccinations do you need in advance? If you’re bringing your teenager in, when should they get the HPV vaccine?

Prioritize your most important concerns

Don’t wait until the end of the appointment to bring up your biggest concern. We don’t want you to feel embarrassed about anything troubling you. Our doctors are compassionate and caring. 

Whether it’s diarrhea or constipation, abdominal pain or a concussion, we’re here to help you. Let us know about any changes to your health since your last visit. 

Know your medications and health history

Make a list of all of your medications and supplements and the dosage and frequency, especially if you’re new to our practice or seeing a new doctor. This saves time during your appointment. 

If you’re a new patient, be sure to bring as much health information with you as you can. If possible, have your previous physician send your records to our office in advance. 

Be honest in answering questions 

We want you to be honest when you answer our lifestyle questions about how often you drink alcohol, smoke, or use drugs. We can’t help you as well if we don’t know your daily habits. 

Ask questions 

You’re sick and you have a busy schedule. You want to know when you won’t be contagious anymore, if that’s an issue. 

How long will it take for the antibiotic to work? What if you’re still not feeling well after a few days? If you have a big celebration or other event coming up soon, but you’re sick now, will you be able to attend? If your teenager is the one who’s sick, when can they get back on the playing field?  

Don’t hesitate to bring up the most sensitive subjects

If you’re a young, married person and want to start a family but haven’t been able to, ask your doctor for advice. He can counsel you on when to contact an infertility specialist. 

Perhaps your sleep has been affected from worry about your problem, or maybe it’s worry about the COVID-19 pandemic. Worry creates a stress on your body. Your doctor can make a number of recommendations to help you manage stress. 

Don’t hesitate to call our NY Family Docs offices. We make sure to fit you in for a sick visit very quickly. Your health is our priority. 

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