I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July! We are having some friends over for a BBQ and then we might head over to Schnepf Farm in Queen Creek. Luckily, the weather shouldn’t go any higher than 106° today.
Lately, I have been browsing other chronic pain blogs and so far, my two favorite blogs are:
I really enjoyed Connie’s “Tips To Brighten Up A Doctor Appointment”.
- The receptionist should say hello to me when I sign in (or nod to me if she/he is busy on the phone or with another patient) A smile just makes you feel welcomed.
- Have current magazines in the waiting room. Include subscriptions to various types. It’s not fun to sit there for an hour or two with a golf magazine from 1999.
- Be sure that the waiting room has comfortable chairs. Lots of people going to a doctor’s office, don’t feel well. Don’t add to their discomfort with hard or sagging chairs.
- Staff should wear name tags and introduce themselves. It feels awkward to tell an unnamed person that I have hemorrhoids.
- Nurses and medical technicians should wear neat and clean medical scrubs. I always wonder if someone remembered to wash their hands if their clothes look dirty.
- Ask me how I’d like to be addressed. Don’t assume I feel comfortable being called by my first name. (I do, but a lot of older people don’t.)
- Have some reading material in the medical office (read #2). Most of the time, you’re going to be waiting a while for the doctor to come in after you’ve seen the nurse or medical technician.
- Don’t act like you’re in a rush, even if you are. Please give me the time I deserve in your office. I may have questions or problems that I need to talk to you about, Doctor. It may take me a while to warm up to you.
- If you’re going to explain something complex to me about a prescription or a treatment, provide me with something in writing so I’ll remember it. Be sure I can understand your writing, or better yet, have printed copies ready.
I’m really glad she shared these tips because, starting in August, I will be a hospital volunteer. I can’t wait to experience the hospital environment. It is the perfect opportunity while I wait for a space in nursing school. Yes, there is a wait of 1 1/2 to 2 years after submitting all the paperwork. I’ve been on the list for over a year now so I should be a nursing student by Spring 2012. YEAH!!
My other favorite blog is The Truth About JRA by Robin.
I really believe that better health can make a HUGE difference in the way we feel. Seeing that I am 25lbs over weight and a total Chocoholic, I really need to make some changes. My husband and I are starting plans for a garden in our side yard. I would LOVE to go to the Take Back Your Health Conference in Arlington, VA but with many things, the cost will hold us back. For right now, we will begin our garden and slowly work on eliminating the junk food from our house.
Have a great weekend!