This is an exclusive blog post by medical doctor, Dami Daniel. "...Now I don't expect you to query your doctor's management decisions and act like you should be on the other side of the desk..."
Over time, I have conversed with a lot of people and it's shocking to know how ignorant many of us are when it comes to issues pertaining to our health.
Some have been hospitalised a number of times but have no idea what they were treated for. Some others have long term illnesses that require long-term medications but do not know the names of these medications.
This is a poor health-seeking culture and gives room for exploitation and mismanagement. If you will pick nothing from this article, pick this-ASK YOUR DOCTOR QUESTIONS!
Now I don't expect you to query your doctor's management decisions and act like you should be on the other side of the desk. I mean if you know better than they do, you shouldn't have come to the hospital in the first place, right?
However, some of the basic questions you should ask your Doctor are:
1). What am I being treated for?
2). Are there any alternatives to this treatment?
3). What is this test called and what is it for?
4). When will my test results be ready?
5). What are the possible complications of this illness?
6). What is the name of this medication? (Ask for spellings if necessary)
7). How long should I take this medication?
8). What are the possible side effects?
9).Is it safe to use these drugs with those I'm already using? ( for those on long-term medications).
10. Is this drug safe for me & my baby? (If pregnant).
Now, as concerns practically every issue in life, approach is key. Be polite when you ask and be willing to listen.
Do have a blessed week, Dr Dami Daniel cares.
Dami Daniel is a Medical Doctor who considers herself a health missionary-educating people on health issues far and wide. Spunky & witty, there's always something up her sleeves including dodo, if she can help it.