Talking to Your Friend's or Relative's Doctor
Remember, you are not alone. Talk to your friend's or relative's doctor for help or if you don't understand something. Being open with the doctor can help you understand your loved one's illness and medicines. You will know what to expect in terms of symptom control and side effects. When you talk to the doctor, you can find out if there are any new treatments that may be right for your loved one.
Your input is also essential in helping the doctor make the right choices. You can help the doctor in these ways:
- Learn which medicines your friend or relative is taking and the exact doses
- Write down what medicines didn't seem to work for your friend’s or relative’s symptoms, and note any side effects
- Write down what medicines led to improvement. This can help if your friend or relative changes doctors or hospitals
- Observe symptoms and report any changes, both encouraging and troubling, that you see