It’s that time of year again….
Every year around this time and as far back as I can remember, I knew a visit to the doctor was in order. I knew I had to stick out my tongue and say “ahhh,” stare into a light and read letters from a distance, stand on a scale, get some blood drawn, tinkle in a cup and breathe deeply. Same thing every year.
It’s when I became a teenager that I noticed a difference in my check-ups. First; I was given the option as to whether or not I wanted my Mom in the room. Which is kind of cool. Since my mom and I are besties, I didn’t mind her staying. Second, my pediatrician started to check my private parts and asked me personal questions like “Are you sexually active?” and “Have you experimented with any drugs?” At first I was a little weirded-out by the whole thing…I mean…. Just outside the door you hear a bunch of crying babies, my pediatrician who has known me since I was in diapers is now asking me about sex and my mom is over there in the corner giving me the evil-eye in the hopes that i don’t answer the questions. I just didn’t know what to do!?!?!?
Then my doctor said to me; “You don’t have to answer these questions right now. But I would like you to consider this for our next visit; you are old enough now to be able to communicate with me what is going on with your emotional, physical, mental and sexual health.”
That’s when it hit me……I’m growing up and I need to start taking responsibility for which direction I want my health to go!
My pediatrician then recommended me to a General Practitioner (A doctor for grown-ups) and told me to be prepared with my information and questions.
So here is what I came up with…..
1. I asked my mom for my insurance card. (Not sure if you have one? see below)
2. I made a list of my families medical history.
3. I wrote down the name and contact information of my pediatrician so my new doctor can request a copy of my medical records.
3. I was HONEST with my new doctor when they ask me questions. I knew that my answers would help them to better understand my mind and body.
4. I made a list of questions. I knew my doctor would answer them honestly, without judgement and with only my best health interest at heart! So i felt comfortable getting personal and detailed with my questions.
Hopefully this was helpful for you too. I know it can be a little uncomfortable at times, just try and remember; Your doctor is there to help.
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