1. I've already had blood drawn according to the standing order I have to test liver function and overall bloodcounts. While signing in at the Qwest lab, I requested that a copy of the report be sent to me at home. It arrived yesterday and sure enough...I'm still anemic (aargh), but my liver and kidneys are doing well.
One of the drugs I take for RA is methotrexate which is actually a chemotherapy drug, but at a much lower dose than is used for breast cancer. Patients with MS who use one of the interferon drugs must also have routine bloodwork done to test for liver function.
Like any overly organized person, I have an Excel spreadsheet file in which I enter the results from each bloodtest. This way I can easily compare and track any changes over time and discuss them with my doctor.
2. I've collected all my meds and calculated when each prescripton will expire. So now I know which meds I need new scripts for.
3. Since I always prepare a "fact sheet" before each visit, I'll need to do that now. I have created a separate Word file for each doctor's visit dating back to my MS diagnosis. They help me keep on track during the visit and help the doctor to know what's going on now and what I need.
Here's what my "fact sheet" looks like right now.
It really is easy to go prepared for your doctor's visit. Preparing a "fact sheet" also gives you a chance to think about all of your questions in advance, so that you don't forget to discuss something important during your limited time.