Visits to your loved one’s doctor when she has COPD can seem much more complicated than regular visits. They don’t have to be that way, though, especially if you take a little time to prepare ahead of time.
Get as Much Additional Information as You Can.
Thankfully, there is a lot of information out there about COPD now. It’s a condition that many people live with, which makes it easier to reach out and learn as much as possible. You might want to find out if there is a COPD support group in your area. You and your loved one can both learn a lot from talking to other people who live with COPD and the people who care for them.
Make a List of Questions.
Between appointments, collect a running list of questions that you need answers to. This allows you to make sure that you cover everything that you need to cover during the appointment. Be sure to take the list with you, of course, otherwise you’re going to miss an opportunity. If there’s anything you don’t understand or that you need clarification on during the appointment, go ahead and ask. Don’t feel bad for asking more questions.
Bring a Notepad or Prepare to Record the Visit.
As you’re getting your questions answered, you need a way to collect that information so you can digest it later. One way is to take notes, but your loved one’s doctor may be open to allowing you to record the conversation so that you can listen and not miss a single detail. Most smartphones have a built-in voice notes app that allows you to record.
Arrange for Transportation if You Can’t Go.
Unfortunately, sometimes you might not be able to go with your loved one to her appointment. If that’s the case, make sure that she has transportation. She may be able to drive herself, but if not, hiring elder care providers is a great way to help you both feel more comfortable.
Don’t let the thought of an appointment with your loved one’s doctor overwhelm you. This is a chance to check in and make sure that your loved one’s plan still works for her.