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Maximize Precious Minutes with Medical Specialists By Sue LeBreton

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aking your child to see a medical specialist dredges up a complex mixture of emotions. Understandably, you worry about the condition that has caused you to seek the assistance of this specialist. Add in your hope that this expert can provide answers. Stir in any intimidation you feel if you are not a medical person and you have a recipe for a stressful interaction.

You can ease your anxiety about this meeting through preparation. If you spend some time before the appointment detailing your child's health history in writing you will demonstrate that you respect the busy schedule of the specialist and you will maximize the benefit of the interaction. Think of yourself as a fellow detective providing evidence to help the specialist solve your child's case. Remember, even things that seem unrelated to you can be significant to the medical expert. Err on the side of too much information. The Basics Your primary tool is a detailed document that includes your child's name, date of birth, May/June 2013

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