I read all kinds of things that are news to me (you women are so smart), and sometimes what I read reminds me of something I think I ought to write down.
So, here’s one little life-simplifying tip:
GET A NOTEBOOK
Yes, an actual notebook that holds paper. A three-ring binder. You can dress it up if you like :0) Put some blank paper (for taking notes) and dividers into it, and take it to every appointment. With your questions written down :0)
Get your own copies of every test done on your kiddo,
the actual test results as well as the interpretation,
every set of ‘appointment notes’ they write,
and the advice and suggestions you get from the specialists.
I ask for them right then and there, and I also ask to have them mailed to me, because they usually dictate or write up their notes later in more detail. Each office will usually have on file where they are supposed to send copies of everything (your pediatrician, family doctor, school, whatever) – put yourself first on that list!
My “Tate-file” has turned into TWO notebooks. The first has sections for the different offices/hospitals we interact with regularly – Children’s Hospital, a local ENT, and the local university (where we get his routine audiograms done). I also have a “Resources” section in that notebook, and HA info/documentation (warranty, model #s, etc.) On the divider pages I have taped business cards and contact info for the doctors and audios.
I used to have a “School” section, but that has become the second notebook. Those IEP’s are huge! And I don’t need to bring them to every visit :0)
This has saved huge amounts of time and hassle. If I’m meeting with the ENT at Children’s and she wants to know how his last Audiogram went at the university (and she hasn’t received it yet…) I can whip out my notebook, make a photocopy, and we don’t have to try to get anyone on the phone and wait for a fax to be sent.
All right, all you smarty pants. You are probably already doing this (!) but maybe it will help someone :0)