Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Self-care series | Communicating with your healthcare team

For your healthcare team to do their job properly, they will need your input. You need to take responsibility for your health and do what you can to enable your team to work WITH you. It's important to you both, it's their job and it's your quality of life and body, so establishing effective communication is key.
When you're flaring, create a plan with your IBD team. Don’t forget that you need to be happy with this plan, and if you are not, you have the right to say that, and to make changes. This will function as your guide and should set out what happens in the next 6 months. For example, if the first medication you're taking is for 8 weeks, what happens if these are not effective? This plan is then in place to put your mind at ease and for the specialists to follow, meaning less time between medications should they not be working for you.

When you're not flaring create a plan for when you are. Most hospitals are happy for you to take home blood forms and sample pots to use as and when you need to, saving the initial wait for an appointment, just to do the generic tests when you feel like a flare may be on its way. 

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