Part of my year has involved seeing multiple doctors to get to the root of a long-term issue. It has been déjàvu from my Lyme disease days, and I have been reminded of the importance of finding the right doctor. A good healthcare partner will make all the difference with your situation.
In an age of insurance dictating where and what we can do, we still have a choice. Start your search within your in-network providers and check their ratings. Get some recommendations from friends and family if possible and look up options online. Visit their websites and read reviews. The most telling sign for me is how they handle a new appointment over the phone. Do they even answer their phone? Do they get back to you in a timely manner should you have to leave a message? I had one specialist call me NINE months after I called to leave a message: “We are ready to schedule you now.” I had long moved on to someone else!
Scheduling shouldn’t be a nightmare. If a doctor can’t see you for months, find someone else. They may very well be good at what they do, but they aren’t running an efficient practice. It won’t be worth the stress and hassle long term. Obviously credentials and experience matter, but I’d rather have someone who listens than an egotistical expert who ignores me. Trust your instinct as well. You don’t have to be best friends with your doctor, but you need to like them. Some doctors do not have bedside manner but get to the bottom of things quickly. Know ahead of time what you are looking for and what you want in a healthcare provider.
Once you have an appointment, go prepared with your questions. Bring any previous lab results and notes that will help you explain your condition. I have kept a medical journal since I was young, so I have all my medical records handy. When the doctor asks a question, I don’t have to worry about remembering details and dates. When the doctor offers advice, don’t be afraid to challenge or question it. Good doctors will happily explain the why and what of your condition and their suggestions.
If you have a bad experience, don’t try to make it work. Cut bait and try again. The relationships you make with doctors will get you further away or closer to better health. Choose wisely!
Like many, I adore my pets. I have a cat and a dog, and they are treasured gifts. They bring such joy to my life! Owning an animal is a huge responsibility, though, and we must take it seriously. Here are some suggestions on what you should do before getting a pet:
- Have a family meeting. Everyone must agree that the family is ready for a pet because the entire family will be involved. If you travel often, a dog might not be the right option.
- Search your heart. Why do you want a pet? If it is to keep up with the Jones or surprise little Johnnie on Christmas morning for the Kodak moment, don’t do it Too many animals are dumped just weeks after the holidays. Animals should become a part of your family…through the good and bad times.
- Research the breed to find a fit for your lifestyle. Do not even look at dogs that need to be walked 10 miles a day if you are sedentary.
- Do some homework on the pros/cons of the breeds you like and read reviews from those who already own one.
- Be realistic on what you can handle. Puppies and kittens are adorable, but they require a ton of attention and training. Would a young adult animal suit you better?
- Look at both adoption and breeders. Breeders often get a bad rap, but the good ones ensure that breeds remain healthy.
- Consider your finances. Not all animals are created equal. When you learn about the breed and its health history, you may learn of future problems that will require money. It is best to go into it with your eyes (and wallet) wide open.
- Get ready for unconditional love!
Besides being a business consultant and speaker, I am also a certified fitness professional. We are continually learning the side effects of technology such as “tech neck.” By nature of computers, tablets, and cell phones, we lean forward. Our neck reaches out of alignment from the spine. Over time, our head is pulled forward, and we can create hunchback. Long-term, this can create huge problems and result in worker’s comp. Short-term, we can experience headaches, back and neck pain, and lose our mental focus.
Does your company have ergonomic policies? Are they enforced? When was the last time you did a walk around your office to see the posture of your employees? I suspect you would be quite surprised at the lack of proper spinal alignment and position.
Simple exercises and breaks can make a big difference, but they have to be done correctly and consistently. Perhaps it is worth exploring some ways to combat tech neck at your organization. Let me know if I can be of service.
Whether you are considering a pet or already have one, my booklet How to Have the Perfect Pet helps you understand your pet’s personality. It then shows you how to train, love, and discipline your pet based upon their unique temperament.