Emotional support at your Dr's appt
I will accompany you or someone you know to a doctor's appointment to ensure you have all of your questions answered and so you don't have to face bad news alone. Going to the doctor's office can be stressful and scary, remembering to ask appropriate questions and articulating them properly, and remembering the information given can be an insurmountable task. Therefore, I am happy to discuss your medical problem with you beforehand, ask appropriate questions and follow-up questions during the appointment, and write a brief summary so you can remember this information going forward. This actually doesn't even need to be something serious like learning your cancer results. This could be going in to discuss the results of a panel of tests (i.e. lipid panel), adjusting medications, discussing the management of a newly diagnosed chronic disease (Crohn's, diabetes, etc.), and any number of different appointments where is would be advantageous to have another set of eyes and ears in the room.
I will not be able to give advice, prescribe any medications, or do any actual medical care but I would be happy to give you support. As always I am bound by my profession's ethical standards to safeguard patient identity and medical information so I cannot and would never share your information with anyone.
Training & Qualifications
I have been in the medical field since 2001, practicing medicine for the past 5 years. At my current job I not only give medical care to patients but offer therapeutic emotional support to patients who have just received devastating news. I believe that just talking it out, big hugs, and crying are both cathartic and therapeutic. I do not have a degree in counseling or therapy but have learned to be a rock for my patients when they needed it most.
Availability & Preferences
I am off 2 days per week but they are random based on my schedule. I am always free on Wednesday mornings and evenings. Reach out to me and we can arrange a time that is compatible with our schedules and your physician.