Lyme disease often causes significant cognitive impairment, which means you may need some assistance making sense of your physician’s instructions and newly-prescribed medications. Below is a list of suggestions for how to make the most of these appointments.
Keep a notebook or journal specifically for doctor appointments. In between visits, write down any questions or concerns that arise, including reactions to medications and new, worsening, or improved symptoms.
Keep an updated list of medications and supplements to discuss with your physician.
Confirm the appointment with your physician’s office a few days in advance.
Don’t be afraid to speak up, especially when reporting on symptoms. You know your body better than anyone else.
Ask any necessary questions of your physician and record all answers.
Record your physician’s care instructions.
Record and confirm changes in medication.
Verify any follow-up appointments.
WE RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING DOWNLOADABLE FORMS:
Keep track of all upcoming appointments with a bonus Appointment Summary box to make note of any changes to your care.
Review your day-to-day wellness and make note of any improvement or worsening of symptoms to share with your treating physician.
Master Medication Management Chart:
Keep track of current prescribed medications and supplements and record or confirm changes with your treating physician.