I've read through the articles on TheCaregiversVoice.com regarding Talking to
Your Doctor [also see TALK with Your Doctor! 3-part blog series on July 29, August 1, & 7], and I really like a number of points about them: You give options for organizing medical history, info, and questions
AND you remind Caregivers to do the same kind of organization for
themselves. The strategies are easy and hands-on, too. When Caregivers are finished, they will have a useful tool to help with doctors appointments, calls to the emergency room, etc.
When you write about researching illness on the Internet, I appreciate the way you consistently remind Caregivers to talk to their doctor about the information they receive. When my mom was ill, and she wouldn't see a doctor, we kids were always researching her symptoms online, and it scared the hell out of us! I finally made an appointment with my doctor, just to talk to him about Mom, her symptoms, and what we had found on the Internet. He was able to give me some important information that helped us to be prepared for what was coming next in Mom's illness.
Also, bringing up your own experiences helps Caregivers to feel that you are part of the solution, that you've done it, and are still here to talk about it. I have a lot of families who appreciate the fact that I've been a family caregiver myself. It makes a bond, in
that we've experienced the same challenges.
I ended up reading many of the articles on your site, and was able to get some very useful ideas for some of my families who do not have
I wasn't able to attend your presentation last year, but I'm so glad that I'll be there in October.
Sincerely, Lillian Arnold, CRC Family Consultant Mountain Caregiver Resource Center Lassen/Modoc Counties
Brenda Avadian, MA, will be conducting a workshop entitled, Rx for Communication: Communicating Confidently with Your Doctor, for family caregivers at the Win River Casino Eagle room in Redding, CA on Wednesday 8 October 2008. Event coordinated by the Mountain Caregiver Resource Center and co-sponsored by the Redding Rancheria. Space is limited and Pre-registration (by 1 Oct) is required: Kristen 530-898-6720.