I made a appointment to see a doctor today. My appointment is Monday at 9:00am. What a horrible time to see a doctor. I was hoping for something in the early evening, say around 6 or 7pm. But apparently the lady on the phone who I made the appointment with didn't think I was being serious.
I haven't seen a doctor for quite some time now. Um....was it the Spring of 2011? I really don't remember. And that experience was a pure waste of time. The entire exam lasted less than 10 minutes and consisted of a student doctor listening to my lungs and a real doctor listening as well. Guess what! I have asthma. Before that I haven't seen a doctor in years.
I don't see the value in making my monthly insurance payments and then paying for my copay, only to have a doctor confirm that I wasn't lying when I told them I have asthma, and finally they write me a prescription for the medication I tell I need. Why can't I skip the doctors and just go see the pharmacist. I need my only prescription pad.
But I do think I'll take this doctors visit seriously. So I was trying to come up with a list of questions I should ask of my doctor. Here are some of my questions:
- What is gluten? Isn't it in like everything? How does one know if they are allergic to gluten? Am I allergic to gluten?
- Can you tell me what blood type I am? (I can't ever remember having blood drawn).
- What is the most important change I can make to improve my health?
- What cancer screening tests are appropriate for a person my age?
- What vaccinations do I need to be up to date?
- How is my blood pressure?
- Can you give me more samples of each of the medications you're prescribing me?
What other questions should I ask?