Having Someone Accompany You to Medical Appointments
In anticipation of a big trip coming up, I had a meeting with my pulmonology and cardiology teams at my local transplant centre to review what I needed to do overseas to ensure I was safe. After being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic and life-threatening lung disease; I believe in being proactive about traveling because I never really know when a medical emergency might creep up. Click HERE to read a previous column of mine about three professionals you should speak with prior to travelling with any chronic health condition, such as IPF.
While I am happy to report that I can still go on my trip – we did review a number of precautions I have to take to ensure my health and well-being on the trip. With cold and flu season right around the corner, it is important that I take the steps to protect my lungs, especially in contained spaces such as the aircraft. About halfway through the discussion, I began feeling fatigued and experienced a bit of what-I-call “information overload”.
In hindsight, I realized that I probably should have brought someone with me to this appointment so I had a second set of ears to comprehend the information if I became too tired. This isn’t something I practice regularly – bringing someone with me to appointments – but I probably should.
I am curious: do other members of the forum living with IPF/PF bring someone with them to appointments, to act as a “second set of ears”?
Appointments can be filled with lots of information, sometimes difficult to digest. If you have any other tips to share about how you retain and remember all the information at important appointments, please share with us!
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