Just One Page

Shasta

Just One Page

Shasta
I was preparing paperwork for an upcoming doctor's appointment for my son on Friday and I thought I would share something with everyone today.  We often visit training hospitals and clinics with my son and encounter many med students and residents in the course of our visits.  If you've ever experienced this, you know that you're first visited by the med student, then the resident and then you (finally) get to see the "main" doctor. And all of them want to know the same thing--health history (meds, surgeries, diet, list of doctors, etc.). I got so tired of repeating myself (not to mention forgetting things) that I decided to type up a list of everything so I could just hand it to them and save my voice.

health.historyI quickly found out that all of the information needed to be summed up on one page. It makes it easier and faster for the health professional to read.  Most of them don't have time to thumb through pages of information. If you've ever seen notes from a nurse or doctor about your patient, they're usually on one page (with lots of "medical shorthand").

Doing this for my son is not easy. His health history is loooonnnnggg. But I've learned a few of those medical shorthand tricks to fit it on one page. Our doctor visit on Friday is at a large hospital's ENT clinic with lots of residents. The main doctor knows my son's history well but I'm updating his health history page to get ready for the resident's questions. They'll want the "short and sweet" version and I want to be ready.  It helps to make clinic (and ER visits) go smoothly.

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