It’s important to think ahead and plan for your appointment:
Have a family member or someone you trust accompany you to your appointments. Sometimes a lot of information is discussed in a single appointment. It’s always useful have someone else absorbing information with you.
Keep your own copies of medical records up to date. Always ask for a copy of each scan, test, or x-ray you may have done. This is always useful in the event that you may need to seek counsel from a different medical facility or are in fact requesting a second opinion. It’s your right as a patient to obtain such things at the time the procedure is performed.
Allowing yourself to stay organized alleviates stress as well. Below are links to some pdf documents that can be printed to take with you to your doctor appointments: