I just got a text from my dear childhood friend and college roomate, S, whose baby sister had brain surgery for a tumor several years ago and who is being advised by her medical team to get another surgery done by EOY. She has an active tumor and symptoms (particularly eyesight) have been aggravated lately.
She was looking for someone to ask a second opinion so of course I was like, I LOVE my neuro. Go see her. And then I cried my eyes out. I still am. But then I figured I’d publish this post bc this method has been very helpful to me especially as I’ve met new docs and sought their advice concerning specific issues or procedures.
Update: No labral tear hip surgery for me, at least right now. Coach R’s “Physical Therapy” is working. He’s an Athletic Trainer/medical professional and all and knows what he’s doing (it helps that he’s got almost 3 years of data on my gait and is also a Strength Coach) but I maintain that he’s totally just making this up in his head. Which is okay (I just like to say sassy things) since it’s totally working. Sometimes I’m like, Owww! and he just looks at me with the slit eyes like, We should do this anyway. And one day my right leg FREAKED OUT so he just held the patella in place or something and made me finish the set.
If you’re wondering how Trainer D and Smurfette are doing, they are fine and dandy. Except Animal Muppet yelled at me for a WHOLE HOUR a couple weeks ago bc he found out I had stopped eating food again. Quote from yesterday: How are your neurotransmitters? Seriously, D – I am so embarrassed for you right now. Who asks that sort of thing? I don’t even know what that means.
Meanwhile, I’m much more interested in the fact that Smurfette is rocking a new long bob after donating her curls to Locks of Love. High 5, Smurfette!!
Back to the Medical Resume thing: Mine has become much shorter over the years. Assume the doc will only glance at it briefly. What do you want them to know, and what do YOU want to know? Go in there with a goal (e.g. Information on Pros and Cons of X, Images and Tests, advice on how to approach a problem) and signal intent to pursue this seriously by managing your own time and the doctor’s schedule by accomplishing your agenda and getting what you need with a minimum of fuss. If you lay it out on paper they know you mean business and can serve you better and faster. Also, bring a friend or family member so you can compare notes later.
This image is an example – it’s what I used for my Ortho Surgeon.
I know, I know – the majority of the population will not need a Medical Resume. But there are some of us who are so EXCRUCIATINGLY COOL that we will have a template we customize for each new doctor. This is a tool you can use to help yourself get the level of care you want. It’s also a great idea for a family member of friend to do for a loved one who is not able to create one for him/herself, and also for people facing a new diagnosis. It keeps everyone on track at the appointment, especially if you’re new at this and nervous, or an old hand…frankly, I’m ALWAYS nervous.
Note to D: This is YOUR body and your decision. The best thing you can do is get insight from professionals. It’s scary and it stinks, but be guided by their expertise even if it’s not what you want to hear. You want the best outcome for the long term. I’m sorry. SNIFF. Big Hugs and lots of prayers for you and your whole family, xoxo ning.