Many of our annual check-ups have been delayed. Get ready and GO.
- Document your agenda. Bring a list of written prioritized questions, concerns, changes since your last visit like recent, falls, chest pain, or shortness of breath.
- A written list of medications. Write down what you actually take, including supplements and over-the-counter sleep meds, and CBD in any version.
- Make sure you get a hands-on exam. For a complete exam, you should get undressed. The doctor should check joints, heart, via stethoscope, eye, ears as well as abdomen.
- Discuss your mental health. Bring up any symptoms like; slower thinking, memory problems, sleep changes, or fatigue.
- TUG Test. Time Up and Go. Be prepared for a timed stand-up and sit down with your arms folded
- Have vaccinations documented. Flu, COVID, shingles, tetanus, and pneumonia are the basics.
- Lab work. Request written results and explanation of your lab results for your medical file..
- Question Testing. Ask your doctor what any test may do to change your treatment plan. Unless being done to benefit or change the direction of your plan, question the necessity. If you get an MRI or CAT Scan, ask in advance for a CD copy.