Why a blog on talking to health professionals?
Well, it can be difficult talking to professional people, and discussing appearance concerns can be especially hard. Visible difference is rarely life threatening and many people feel that a specialist is only interested in more 'medical' problems and is too busy to listen to concerns about appearance.
This post is intended to help you plan your thoughts and questions, so that both you and the professional you are seeing can spend the time together usefully and effectively. Professional people may be very busy but so, probably, are you! It is worthwhile taking some time to think about your appointment and work out exactly what it is that you want from the consultation.
Here are some tips:
1.Jot down some notes to help you remember what you want to say, this can be especially useful in helping you to remember to ask all the questions you may have.
2.You can write down things you are told in your consultation to help you remember later.
3.It sometimes helps to take a relative or friend with you for support.
4.Sometimes you will be able to book a slightly longer appointment or two appointments together, to have sufficient time to talk about your concerns. The receptionist should know if you are able to do this.
Hope this post helps! If any of you have any other tips please let us know!