None of us genuinely wants to go to the doctor. We go when we have to, hoping the medical professionals will help us feel better quickly. Some of us are good at scheduling regular wellness checkups, but even those appointments aren’t ones we look forward to with pleasure.
Doctor visits can be stressful for those caring for the chronically ill, especially if diagnosed with a degenerative cognitive disease. I could convince my Mom that we were going someplace fun, but it didn’t take long for her to figure out that was a lie. Somehow I communicated “doctor visit,” and she was never happy about that fact.
As Covid took over the globe in March 2020, in-person appointments became severely limited. The result was a rapid acceptance of telehealth appointments. Sometimes we do get a silver lining from the rain clouds.
How Do We Decide?
I’ve personally had two such appointments, one mainly for timing and convenience, the other because that’s all my doctor had available. I was thrilled with the first appointment; my problem was resolved, and my schedule was barely impacted. The second one was also not in-person, which slowed down my diagnosis and treatment. (For those who follow me closely on social media, you’ll know that I contracted Shingles at the end of June 2021.)
How do we determine which type of appointment is better? That’s the conversation I have with Roz Jones. Roz is a virtual caregiver coach dedicated to taking a proactive approach to working with caregivers and their loved ones. This episode is Rozs’ second appearance on Fading Memories. If you missed her first show, you can find it here.
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