Is Your Doctor Speaking a Different Language?
Ever go to your appointment and feel like your doctor is speaking a different language? Many times, going in to see my liver doctor I would be sitting there waiting with a list of questions in my head I had for him, only to lose every single one of them the moment he walked into the room. This didn’t just happen one time, it was like a “thing” I did for several visits.
Totally Blanking Out During Appointments
The exam would begin and I frantically searching through my mind for the questions I needed to ask him. Meantime, he would be asking me questions, tapping around in my liver area and totally distracting my thought process.
We would go over my symptoms and medications. All while I was sitting there doing my best to focus on what he was telling me, I would phase in and out of the conversation. As if I was in the room floating around. It was difficult to say the least to stay tuned into the dialog in which he was sharing with me.
I would leave the office so frustrated at myself for not remembering what I wanted to talk with him about nor did I remember but only bits and pieces of information he shared with me.
Feeling Frustrated and Confused
After getting home and pondering over things, I would then stress over the fact that important information was being given to me about procedures, my blood work results, upcoming appointment details and not once could I remember anything discussed.
If this is happening to you, you are not alone. This is a very common occurrence with those with damaged livers.
It was after several visits that I requested having my daughter with me at all visits from that point forward. That way, she was there to interpret what was being sad, take notes if need be and remind me what I needed to ask the doctor.
If you do not have someone to go with you to appointments I suggest these two very important tools that one of my online friends does each appointment: 1.) She writes everything down as questions or concerns come up, so not to have that blanked-out feeling when you get there. 2.) She records the doctors visit on her phone so she can listen later when things are not highly engaging. This allows her to fully hear instructions, suggestions and have dates where she can now write down to remind her of important appointments.
This is not something to beat your self up over, it happens far too frequently to others as well. You must learn to take action so that you are not overwhelmed when returning home after a full day of doctor’s visits.
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