Post # 1
So Bees, I live and work overseas and my colleagues and I are visited quarterly (or so) by an American doctor for the purpose of checkups, general healthcare and whatnot. I honestly haven’t seen a doctor in about 2 years so I scheduled an appointment for today, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to ask. I don’t have any specific health concerns, except that my birth control has some slightly wonky side-effects, but I don’t know that that’s a question for this generalist guy anyway. Some people are telling me that if I don’t have any health questions then there’s no reason for me to have a consultation. I’m a little worried that we’ll just be awkwardly staring at each other for the entire meeting. What do you Bees think? What kinds of health maintenance questions would you ask if you had a free appointment with a doctor?
Post # 2
I would think that he would be asking the questions and addressing any concerns you may have only if prompted by you. Mine checks height,weight, BP, pulse, and now they’ve added questions to see if you exhibit any signs of depression, sleep issues,etc and offer solutions if there are any red flags. I also get sent for a routine series of blood tests to check blood sugar,thyroid,etc
I’d keep the appointment and let the Dr. lead you.
Post # 3
ItWasntMe: Thanks for your reply. The visit will actually be in my office, not at a medical facility. He doesn’t have any materials to measure me, weigh me, take my blood pressure or anything like that. The last time he was in town, I talked to him about my concerns about malaria meds and he switched my prescription. The time before that, I got a flu shot. But I’ve never done a straight “check-up” before. Shrugs. I’ll show up and report back, lol