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Doctor’s Appointments

I went to the doctor’s (general practitioner/GP) to get some referrals this afternoon, and while I was there, I was texting with a friend I made during the CAPP meeting. One of the things we discussed was doctor’s appointments, and something my dad came up with to ensure that he dealt with everything he needed to when he went to the doctor. It’s worked for me too, since he told me about it, and based on our discussion, I thought I’d share it here. It’s simple, but sometimes it’s the simple things one never thinks about.

Essentially, what I (and my dad) do now is write down a list of what we want to discuss in a form that we can access when at the doctor’s. It can be in your phone, a notepad, whatever. (Today I wrote it on a post-it and stuck it to my longhand writing notebook, since I was going to work on stuff in there in the waiting room.)

This can consist of a checklist (what I use), point-form notes, sentences… whatever works for you to ensure that you remember everything you want to discuss. (Because there have been more than a few times when I’ve forgotten something I wanted to mention – not the most important issue, but nevertheless a concern. That then requires booking another appointment, and getting back out there, etc.)

For me, some to-do list things work, and some don’t. I’m not terribly good at checking to-do lists on my phone – or even shopping lists – so I need to have them in hardcopy. For other people, it will undoubtedly be otherwise. But given that my friend had never thought of this – and neither had I until my dad mentioned that it was something he did – yes, I thought it was worth sharing.

Anyway. Just a quick little post with this suggestion that might hopefully make other people’s lives a bit easier as well.

🙂 tagÂûght

By tagÂûght

I’m in my mid-thirties. I’ve lived in Canada all my life (Toronto and St. John’s), but I’ve travelled to Florida, Massachusetts, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Costa Rica. I love airplane travel (as long as there are no noisy kids around me!). I’m proud to be Canadian (though Harper might end up changing that!).

I have ASD, aka Autism Spectrum Disorder. Strictly speaking, I’ve been diagnosed as having Aspergers, but (for Canada and the US, at least) that diagnosis is going to be melded with ASD as of May, with the publication of DSM V. Having ASD, and the job I do at the moment (see First Post), is why reading the blogs I mentioned above inspired me to start one of my own about my life in general.

Back in October, I got my driver’s license (as opposed to driving permit for learners) – after twenty years of effort and trying. A lot of thanks is due to my instructor, who has dealt with people with ASD before, and so knew how to teach me for the test (I was able to drive before, just not pass the test, due to anxiety and problems with multi-tasking).

I’m a fanatic writer of SF and Fantasy, both fanfiction and original, and I devour books as well.

I love animals, in particular cats, and I have a fascination with wolves, wild cats (including the big cats), orcas, and the physiology of cephalopods.

I love the wilderness – though I don’t really have the endurance (at the moment, at least) to go hiking or camping out.

And, rather importantly, I’m not someone who thinks about political correctness when it comes to vocabulary. I use what seems right when it seems right. That will include calling myself a person with ASD, or an Autistic, or an Aspie. I’m me; I can call myself what I want.

So, enough about me. Go read my posts – they’re more informative!

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