Q: What can I do to prepare for my first doctor's visit without one of my parents?
A: To be prepared, do the following:
Bring your medical records or have them transferred from your previous doctor's office.
Bring your insurance card with you to your visit.
Arrive early for your first visit as you will most likely have to fill out paperwork.
If you haven't been feeling well, make a list of the symptoms you've been experiencing to share with your doctor.
Write down any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with the doctor. Ask for an explanation if you don't understand something the doctor/nurse has told you.
Make sure your doctor is aware of any medications you are taking as well as vitamins, herbs or any supplements.
If it makes you feel more comfortable, bring a friend with you.
Schedule a follow-up appointment if the doctor would like to see you again.