Our staff at SmallTown Duo couldn’t believe the detail, care, knowledge, and expertise that went into the 2nd edition of “What Did the Doctor Say?”
We are proud to offer an exceptional product that will help you plan for your hospital stay, or for that of a loved one or client.
"What do I ask the doctor?” “What do I need to know before I leave the hospital?” “How can I plan for my parent’s stay in the hospital?” “What labwork do I need?” Are these some of the questions you have been asking yourself?
We want to give the author of the book, Lauren Newman, who has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years, a chance to share her story with you and to tell you about her book:
My name is Lauren Newman, and I am a licensed occupational therapist. An occupational therapist is someone who works with patients on their arm strength and function, and their activities of daily living such as dressing, eating and bathing.
I have worked in hospitals, rehab facilities, nursing homes and home health agencies serving patients and their families for over 30 years.
I have worked with thousands of patients and over the years I developed a detailed questionnaire to help my clients be able to plan for hospital stays, doctor visits, keep track of medications, order medical equipment, and do all of the things that help facilitate recovery and health after a hospital stay.
I have found that my clients and their families, as well as health care organizations, have found it critical to have a way to know what questions to ask, and how to keep needed information up-to-date. I first produced this book in 1999 in response to my patients’ needs.
I recently wanted to take this a step further and expanded the book to provide the type of information that I have been personally giving to clients for many years. I want to be able to help more people successfully navigate the health care system as it relates to hospitalization and after-care.
After using the first version of “What Did the Doctor Say?” for many years, I saw the need to provide more details, more information, more directions, and more resources so that more people could use this system on their own.
Do you find yourself saying, “What did the Doctor say?” Never have to say it again. My book is filled with information, questions to ask, and guides to give you one place to keep all of your medical and health-related information.
In the rush of the long awaited visit from your doctor or your loved one’s doctor, it is easy to forget what you wanted to ask. This book provides a place for you to gather all of your questions so when the time comes, even if your mind goes blank, you can still convey what you wanted to ask.
You may think, “I don’t need a book about going into the hospital. Won’t my doctor and other medical staff tell me all I need to know?” The short answer is “no.” You may not be providing all the information needed by the doctor; and you may not ask enough questions, or not the right questions.
When you or a loved one is in the hospital or about to go to the hospital, you may not be in the frame of mind to “remember” the important questions to ask or information to supply, such as a complete list of medications. You may not know you can request particular services and medical equipment.
When you buy this book, you will have information, questions and lists that will enable you to keep track of your particular situation. You will be able to keep an accurate record of the following:
• What to bring to the hospital—page 10
• The doctors that have seen you in the hospital—page 14
• The tests you need to take before you can leave—page 14
• The physical things you must be able to do before you are released—page 14
• The physical restrictions you will have when you leave the hospital—page 15
• Questions to have answered at the discharge planning meeting—page 16
• A list of prior, current, and discontinued medications—page 20
• The medical reason(s) for the various medications—page 21
• Resources to check for adverse subscription medication interactions—page 51
• Resources to check for adverse interactions among food, prescription and over-the-counter
drugs, and alcohol—page 51
• Questions to ask about your diagnosis—page 25
• Questions to ask before surgery—page 27
• A listing of the various medical equipment that may be needed for recovery—page 31
• How the medical equipment is ordered and paid for—page 33
• How refill prescriptions for medical equipment are secured—page 33
• A list of follow-up appointments for doctors, lab work, outpatient, and home health services—page 34
• A place to list rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice facilities in
your area—page 37
• What to bring to a rehabilitation hospital or skilled nursing facility—page 38
• Home inspection for safety/suitability prior to release from the hospital—page 42
• Therapy services to be provided after release from the hospital—page 43
• Additional services to be considered after release from the hospital—page 43
• Questions about diet, cooking, shopping, pet care, chores and who is available to help—page 44
• Questions about financial issues and money management—page 44
• Questions about using an ambulance, ambuvan, or private car upon release from the hospital—page 46
• Accessibility of your home for wheelchair and/or other assistive devices—page 47
• A list of suggested online resources related to healthcare—page 49
• Glossary of medical jargon to help you better navigate the health care system—page 54
• A full printable questionnaire covering the topics in the book—pages 57-96
I have visited patients’ homes when I worked as a home health therapist, and have seen the medication errors, equipment not delivered, and other mistakes from poor communication.
I have worked with patients who don’t feel comfortable speaking up for themselves or asking questions. This book can provide the framework for being able to know what questions to ask and what services to request in order to promote your recovery.
Are you ready to take charge of your medical care or that of your loved one? Order now.
Are you aware of the number of mistakes that are made by hospital careworkers and physicians? Most of these are just from poor or miscommunication.
I’m sure you have tried to read a doctor’s writing on a prescription. Is that English? This isn’t said to scare you, but to emphasize to you the importance of gathering information and asking questions. Clear and concise communication will help prevent errors.
If you want access to all the questions that need to be answered before you leave the hospital, click here to order this book.
By keeping track of what medications are prescribed for you when you leave the hospital, you will be able to have your doctor review the list to see how well they will work together.
Without a system for tracking your medications, you run the risk of being over-medicated, under-medicated, or using ineffective combinations of prescriptions. This can be especially true if you are being treated by more than one doctor, and/or are having prescriptions filled in more than one pharmacy.
In addition to checking with your doctor, you can have your pharmacist review your complete list of medications. You can also go online and use a “drug interaction checker.”
My guide will make sure you and your doctor can quickly and easily review your medications, check for interactions, and provide a means for other people to help you monitor your prescriptions.
If you want to have a tracking system for all your medication, click here to order.
What equipment will you need when you leave the hospital? Many people leaving the hospital will have specialized equipment for their recovery period. What are you getting? Which companies in your town carry the items you will need?
There are many questions you need to ask, and this book provides a comprehensive list and a place to get it all down in one location. Beyond a wheelchair and walker, there are many other items of durable medical equipment that help with accessibility and mobility.
I want you to order this book so you can be equipped with the tools and knowledge you need when you go into the hospital.
Some of the benefits to be enjoyed with your purchase of this book are:
• Comprehensive and well-organized 96 page book with questionnaire
• Information based on over 30 years of professional experience and working with thousands of
• Book can be reprinted and updated if you are re-hospitalized
• Large easy-to-read print with plenty of room to fill in information
• Handy reference guide for caretakers and medical personnel
• Easy way to keep track of current and discontinued prescriptions
• Keep doctor and health care professional lists up-to-date
• Good way to keep current on upcoming doctor and therapy appointments
• An effective way to determine accessibility needs
• Provides the means to have a comprehensive assessment of your needs
• Medical/healthcare glossary provided to clarify medical terms and jargon
What type of facility will you be released to? This guide gives you information to gather when you are going to be released to a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing facility, to hospice, or home with hospice or other care.
I want you to be able to plan for your--or your loved one’s--health and recovery by clicking here now to order.
Many times you will have follow up appointments for after you leave the hospital. You might need lab work, or have doctor or therapy appointments. Keeping them recorded in our book will make sure you don’t overlook these commitments.
Once you have left the hospital, you will have many pieces of paper and instructions, and it is easy to lose track of follow up appointments. Our system will help you to keep everything together.
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Again, congratulations on taking this important step by learning about what a hospital stay can mean to you. I think it is wonderful that you are being proactive about your health or that of a loved one.
Thank you and good health,
Occupational Therapist, Licensed
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