Psychology for life Today exam 4
Here’s how I try to make my annual physical exam as worthwhile as possible.
Every time I have a question or concern that doesn’t require immediate attention and that I can’t more validly get from the internet, I write it in a word-processing file named “Doctor.” Usually, they’re questions that require a personalized response—for example, “Dr. Jones, in my case, do you think I should switch from a PPO to an HMO?”
A month before
I email my long-time and trusted physician, John T. Jones, requesting a requisition for the blood and urine testing needed for my exam. When I receive it, I attach it to my calendar for one week before my exam.
A week before
I viscerally start to worry: “Everyone is only one blood test away from a death sentence.” As soon as such evil thoughts enter my brain, I distract myself by getting involved in my work, household chores, whatever.
I get my blood and urine work done at least a few days before my exam. It usually only takes a day for the results to get to my doc but I wouldn’t want some bureaucratic screw-up to prevent him from having my results during my exam.
The day of
That morning, I go through a series of structured thinking to add items to ask John about: Head to toe, wake to sleep, weekends. I then review all the questions. He’ll only have so much time to address my questions. So, if it’s something I could email him about or I conclude is unlikely to yield something that would significantly improve my health, I delete it.
At the exam
When Dr. Jones first walks in to the exam room, I don’t just ask the obligatory, “How are you?” In past years, he has told me a few things about his life, so I make a point about asking him about at least one of those. That quietly reminds him that I value him not just as a physician but a person.