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Calling Your Doctor

There will be times when you must call your doctor or other health care provider.
The following is a handy checklist for what to do:
  • Get to the point of your call quickly, especially if you've phoned after hours. (Have someone else call the doctor for you if you are unable to talk.)
  • Define your problems and symptoms. Write these down and keep them by the telephone so you can report them quickly and completely.
  • Report results of self-tests and things you have been keeping track of, such as a temperature of 101oF for two days, diarrhea that has lasted for 48 hours, and so on.
  • Ask the doctor what you should do and be prepared to write it down.
  • Have your pharmacist's phone number handy in case the doctor needs to prescribe medicine.
  • Make sure you know if and when you should call back, or if you should come to the office.
  • Ask what things might occur that would require you to go to the emergency room.
  • Thank the doctor for talking to you on the telephone!
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