Being your own Advocate!!!

This is my personal story of why you need to be your own advocate. Its hard when you sick, weak, tired, nauseated what ever your symptoms may be, but I have learned the largest lessons is Stand up for yours self. When you go to your Dr. Question the medications they are giving you, I have started asking my Doctors to write down their instructions for my treatment, you get so many instructions, prescription refills, so that helps a lot, ask what is the best way of communication, I have one Doctor I had to get a app on my phone and can only correspond with him, another they have different charts online for different Doctors or Doctors that are not on electronics they usually prefer calling leaving a message. I make sure my next appointment is set up. Before leaving. Always have your ID and insurance card at every visit and expect to fill out new paperwork every year, I have only come across that with one office. Pain Management Doctors require a agreement to receive pain meds and you can not get pain meds through same Doctor. Write your list of questions. and get to know your insurance inside and out. Most information is on line. But If you leave it to Doctors they get to you when they can . Well You must speak up for your self even if that means you speak to the office manager. Call daily if you have to. If you don’t your at the bottom of the pile. I am not rude disrespectful, I explain what I am going through and its amazing how that gets things going. Your doctors office may tell you a Dr they are trying to get you into will take 6 weeks, I called got in 4 days, they told me my home health is 500.00 per visit. I found out I have 100 percent home health coverage. So my point is be your own advocate, or if your truly not well enough appoint one, ask, tell them you need one to step up on your behalf, My contact at my insurance has done so much for me, I can’t believe it. Also make sure that people you want to receive information have written permission and those you don’t you have a letter stating that. Hospitals at least one that I go to is going to a code, If I am in the hospital and someone comes in without a code, no info is given. so make sure what your hospitals policy’s are and your Doctors office, such as if you have a child that goes from pediatrician to gynecologist, the gynecologist can’t break Hippa and give you information unless your daughter wants them to, a husband has no writes unless written consent. So when a Dr’s office says check in is 15 minutes a head of time, that means arrive 15 minutes ahead of time. We are getting less and less Dr’s in the Reno area and specialist are booking out 6-12 months in advance so I always ask for reminder card or call or make the appointment. If you stay regular and are on top of your appointments, there more likely to squeeze you in if there is a problem. Don’t wait until you have a problem to keep up on visits. I went to every Doctor and asked How many times do I have to see you to be compliant with your policy’s, my one Dr said 1 1/2 years, I ask another one every 6 months another one every 4 so if you let your health care go. you will be put on a list that could take a year. If your Dr calls to get into another Dr’s office, the Dr can possibly get you in sooner. So I hope some of these ideas can help with your Doctors and there is online medication lists or phone apps for medication list and allergies. That Is so important. Well that’s all for today. You can get a little not book that you can tape or keep somewhere it won’t get lost that reminds you of Dr’s how often to see them, what they require to remain a patient ect. Kelly

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