“What was the date of your last relapse?” the neurologist asked while peering over her glasses at me.
I stared back blankly and then shrugged with a sheepish smile. I knew the year but couldn’t remember the exact date because it was seven years ago!
“What symptoms did you have just before your relapse?” she asked.
“Erm,” I replied, pursing my brow. She tapped her pen on my pile of medical notes and waited.
“The relapse happened seven years ago, how am I supposed to remember this?” I thought.
Something like this always happens when I go to my neurologist’s office. I always forget to study for my annual medical history pop quiz. I’d been meaning to write down some things and bring them with me, but I forgot.
The week before an appointment, I always mentally note things to mention during an appointment, such as brain fog, weakness, pain, or fatigue I may have experienced. But I’d end up in the waiting room with everything wiped from my brain.
I used to feel so annoyed that this medical pop quiz happened every time I had an appointment, until it occurred to me why it happened. The reality is that doctors don’t have time to read all of your notes before an appointment. How can they?
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