How Younger Folks Can Personal Their Well being Care (Even when They Nonetheless See a Pediatrician)

How Young People Can Own Their Health Care (Even if They Still See a Pediatrician)

If your doctor's office has a health portal like MyChart, you may be able to make an appointment online. Otherwise, you'll actually need to call (I know!) And have a calendar on hand. (While you're at it, put your doctor's name and number on your phone.) If you have an urgent health crisis – mental or physical – say so and seek advice. When it is after hours, you will speak to an answering machine and the doctor will call you back to discuss the next steps – for example, to the emergency room.

And a plea from Dr. Talib: "If my teenage patients actually canceled appointments, I would love it so much – they just don't show up." You can also bill for a missed appointment that you cannot cancel.

Discouraged? Do not be so! Call as if you were making an appointment, then say, "Hello, this is (you). I should see Dr. Healthperson on (date), but I have to cancel this appointment." You will probably ask if Want to set a new appointment and you can pick it up from there.

If you have a cognitive, physical, developmental difference or a disability, your individual educational program – I.E.P. – or 504 Plan can be a useful starting point for finding out what accommodations you may need to become medically independent.

This can be a lot of work in certain circumstances (a friend of ours took a break a year before college to learn how to manage his diabetes on his own). Ask a parent to walk you through everything that goes on behind the scenes, such as: B. through the routinely planned appointments or laboratories and the recipes managed by him. Know what you're taking and why, how often to pick it up, whether to call the pharmacy first, and if your doctor needs to request a refill.

Let a parent, doctor, or pharmacist teach you how to read the label on your medication: the number of refills left, the dosage, and the possible side effects. And make sure you allow enough lead time. You don't want to end up in the emergency room simply because you forgot to pick up your inhaler, for example.

Any questions? Ask the pharmacist. Dr. Talib describes it as "a wonderful and underutilized resource for caring for people".


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