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How do I decide who should come in the delivery room with me?

How do I decide who should come in the delivery room with me?

Who supports best: You should have the people who can support you best during labor and delivery. This is a time where you can't be worried about them. If that means just one person is in the room, that will be best. You should also ask your doctor how many people they are comfortable with and how many will realistically fit in the room. ...Read more

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How can I make the best arrangements for my other children when I go into labor?

How can I make the best arrangements for my other children when I go into labor?

Plan Ahead: You are usually not able to bring other children to the delivery suite during labor, nor would you be able to care for them and manage them. Make a plan as delivery nears to have a friend, relative, or other caregiver available and "on call" to take your children when you need to go to the hospital for delivery. ...Read more

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How do you find a doctor who specializes in HRT in your home town? And don't tell me any gyne can do this as I have found out the hard way not true!

How do you find a doctor who specializes in HRT in your home town? And don't tell me any gyne can do this as I have found out the hard way not true!

Hormone Replacement: Unfortunately, the only good way is word of mouth. I agree with you gyns and endocrinologists are generally not the ones with whom to consult. In what state do you live? ...Read more

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What can I do if my friends mom had to go into emergency surgery because of low hemoglobin. Will she be okay?

What can I do if my friends mom had to go into emergency surgery because of low hemoglobin. Will she be okay?

I hope so: Would need much more detailed clinical information as to what are the underlying medical issues, what caused the anemia & what surgery is needed to be performed. Very best wishes. ...Read more

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What do I do if a doctor fired me from her practice then is the only doctor who rounds at my rehab facility?

What do I do if a doctor fired me from her practice then is the only doctor who rounds at my rehab facility?

Find another doctor : Every doctor has the right to fire a patient for any reason as long as reasonable notice (3-4 weeks) is given. It is not his responsibility to find you a new doctor but he may. He is responsible to care for you for any emergencies for the notice period. It is your responsibility to find a new doctor, inquire about covered doctors from your insurance company. The rehab facility has its own doctors. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if on levetiracetam for my epilepsy and experiencing depersonalization, my mom will phone the doctor how do I deal with it in the mean time?

Can you tell me if on levetiracetam for my epilepsy and experiencing depersonalization, my mom will phone the doctor how do I deal with it in the mean time?

It will be ok: When your mother speaks to your doctor you'll be able to get info on what to expect and do. This is a common side effect, so they'll have ideas and will reassure you that you're not in danger. Hopefully, you'll be given another medicine instead and will not have bad side effects. Try to be patient as you search. You and your Mom did the right thing! It's ok. Take care. ...Read more

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How to know if I should let go of my babysitter because of her instability?

Basic rules: If you cannot trust the person to follow the guidelines you set and or will worry about what is happening when you are gone, it is time to seek new help. ...Read more

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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Will likely be fine.: Many perforated eardrums heal up on their own with no complications. He shouldn't be swimming or putting anything into his ear. If he's getting more pain or discharge from the ear or fevers, he needs to go in. Tell him if he loses his hearing, you'll just have to talk louder. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should I take with me if ordered to evacuate from the wildfire?

Keep your car fueled: Keep your car fueled, in good condition, and stocked with emergency supplies and a change of clothes. ...Read more

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My friend said they were able to tell her baby's gender through blood work. How does this work? And how for along do you need to be?

My friend said they were able to tell her baby's gender through blood work. How does this work? And how for along do you need to be?

6-10 weeks: Fetal DNA circulates in the mother's blood and can be analyzed to determine the sex of the baby as well as tested for some diseases. Please review this article and discuss the matter with your obstetrician. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3558193/ ...Read more

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Do I need to call the hospital and let them know I am in labor?

Yes: You should always call the hospital, if you are able, to let them know you are coming in and why. They will be able to have a room prepared for you and have your paperwork ready. If there are space issues it also gives them time to do some rearranging so that by the time you get there you don't have to wait. All good things! ...Read more

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Need to go pick up older parent for first medical exam in new small town. How can I best relate to the staff if I am from major city?

Need to go pick up older parent for  first medical exam in new small town. How can I best relate to the staff if I am from major city?

Respect and Expect: Respect the pace of small town life, as this may likely translate into the pace of the medical clinic. But, expect excellent care and results. If you are not satisfied by the knowledge, skill and empathy of the healthcare provider, then find another one. This advice is for city-dwellers and country-residents alike. ...Read more

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If I am unhappy with the care how do I transfer someone to a different hospital?

If I am unhappy with the care how do I transfer someone to a different hospital?

You are not: The only one, but there at times that a primary care/internist can help, or if there in lies the rub, check your insurer...They may have physician restricted lists that accept your insurance or minimize your out of pocket costs. Once you find the pcp/specialist you want, they will ask you to sign a release to get your records from the office/system/hospital you desire to leave. Good luck! ...Read more

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My godmother just got diagnosed with appendicitis at the hospital. If they do surgery, how long will she be in the hospital and how long to recover?

My godmother just got diagnosed with appendicitis at the hospital. If they do surgery, how long will she be in the hospital and how long to recover?

Depending: On the technique used for the appendectomy and on whether perforated or simple, probably 1-3 days usually tending toward the lesser. Also can be impacted by her other comorbid health issues. Full recovery to unlimitted activity is 6 weeks usually. ...Read more

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Had surgary and the dr who performed it refuses to talk to me or give me my xrays ,records ect says leave it alone well in pain want answers what do ?

Had surgary and the dr who performed it refuses to talk to me or give me my xrays ,records ect says leave it alone  well in pain want answers what do ?

Freedom of Info Act: By law you are entitled to your medical records. If you are disputing access to your records then, you should go to the Medical Records Dept. They will likely have you sign off on a consent form so that your information can be distributed to you and then, they will copy the records and later, you can pick them up.The hospital is entitled by the same law to charge a cost to the patient for copies. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom wants me admitted to the cychiatric ward in the hospital?

What do you suggest if my mom wants me admitted to the cychiatric ward in the hospital?

Not very much info: here. I am assuming that there is a basis for her concern. Consider evaluation to help determine if this is in your best interest. Recommend that you be scrupulously honest with evaluator. ...Read more

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I'm going to the Chiropractor for the first time and was wondering what he will do and if i will need to remove my clothes?

I'm going to the Chiropractor for the first time and was wondering what he will do and if i will need to remove my clothes?

Ask Chiro what: You need to ask the chiropractor what he will do and why.Most doctors and and Chiropractors will have patients disrobe and put on a gown the first visit. ...Read more