After all the appointments I had back in January 2011, and the subsequent bills, we knew it’d be best to get my next round of annual appointments in the same year… so as to minimize expenditures by making the most of having met our deductible so early in the year. So, when the beginning of October rolled around, I called Dr. GH’s secretary to schedule an appointment… just as I’d been instructed.
Imagine my surprise when, after explaining why I was calling, I was told, “[Dr. GH] is no longer with Mayo Clinic. We are working to identify who will fill his role, and will contact you when we do.”
Oh. Right. Okay.
No more hairy chests and bizarre questions? No more medical explanations involving YouTube and unexpected analogies?
And then, of course, I began to wonder about things that actually mattered.
What if they don’t get me a new doctor in time? What if my new doctor wants to change my regimen? What if Dr. GH had it wrong all-along?
Luckily I didn’t have long to wonder, as I received a call within 48 hours informing me I had an appointment. So, after a few tweaks to the date and time of my appointment, I began my list. The list of questions I want to be sure to ask my cardiologist.
I suppose it isn’t actually a list of questions… it’s more like a collection of various notes I’ve made for myself over the year since I last saw my Mayo doctors. Some bullets are significant, and some border on silly, but they all matter to me. I get the undivided attention of doctors at the top of their field just once a year. It would be unwise not to ask questions and make the most of this tremendous opportunity.
After wrapping up my list (for the time being, since I add items frequently and up until the doctor walks in the exam room), I moved on to establishing my neurology itinerary for late-December 2011, which proved to be
a challenge impossible due to Dr. A-Z’s complicated holiday vacation schedule and overwhelming popularity.
I will spare you the details, but I can say… from the time I called to schedule
this trip these trips to Mayo Clinic AZ, I knew things would be different.
More on just how different it’s been later this week.
Until then… How do you prepare to head to a doctor’s appointment (big or small)? Do you write lists? Take a friend? Remember to bring your medicines? What’s the best advice you’ve received?