How to be a perfect patient.

When you are a patient it can be stressful and overwhelming.  You need to communicate all of your woes and symptoms but let me give you a few hints on being our favorite patient.

  1. Answer our yes or no questions with YES or NO please.
  2. please keep your list of woes to 3 or less, we cannot solve all your problems in 15 minutes.
  3. When I ask you to take a DEEP breath open your freakin’ mouth and TAKE A DEEP BREATH.  Little tiny nasal inhales are impossible to hear.
  4. Know you medications or bring a list.  The “little green pill” could be anything.
  5. When I ask if you’ve had surgery I mean all of them no matter when.  Just because it was 20 years ago doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
  6. And finally, please don’t argue with me that you need x or y medication because Google or Dr. Oz said so…….

Author: Nurse Meesh

I am a nurse practitioner, mom, wife and woman.

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