It can be very overwhelming to hear that your child or other loved one is having surgery or a procedure. Medical jargon and quick talking can be really confusing sometimes.
Even as a nurse, when I’m at the doctor I always have a pen and paper handy (or use my cellphone note app) to jot down questions I have beforehand. If there’s information the doctor tells me that I might otherwise forget I’ll make a quick note. I don’t always need it but it is good to be prepared.
There is absolutely nothing worse than leaving the doctor’s office even slightly confused about what they said.
I created a list of questions for you to save and print that I believe are pertinent for anyone having a procedure.
I highly recommend that every parent make a folder to take to the doctor with some templates like this in there so that you’re not caught off guard by anything.
You should never feel rushed when it comes to having questions answered. As a parent, you should know exactly what’s going on with your child and be the one to make the ultimate decision as to whether or not now is the right time to have the procedure, whether you want a second opinion or if you just need a little time to think of questions or about possible alternatives.
Thankfully, at least in my experience, pediatric doctors are more than willing to go over as much detail as you want and allow lots of time for questions. These doctors are really good about weighing the pros and cons of surgical procedures and tests. Doctors don’t recommend a procedure in which the risks would outweigh the potential benefits. However, there are risks involved with any surgical or invasive procedure.
Rest assured that many children’s hospitals have teams of physicians in which collaboration is taking place. In my experience I have seen that collaboration quite a lot when it comes to all children but especially complex medical cases.
If you think of questions after an appointment, I hope you call the nurse at the office. He or she will pass the question on to the doctor and get back to you if they don’t already know the answer.
There’s no such thing as a silly question when it comes to your child’s health and well-being!
Hang in there mamas and papas!