When your doctor sees you at your appointment and you ask for your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol or other health information, you’re likely to be asked about your health status, your family history, your insurance status, and more.
But it’s not always clear what you’re asked about.
The doctor’s office is not the only place to ask questions, either.
You may be asked: How do you like your new, clean teeth?
Can you see your parents, friends or co-workers?
How much weight do you want to lose?
How will your diabetes affect you?
Can your doctor help you with that?
Can I ask you about your diabetes, hypertension or other medical conditions?
Are you able to handle the pressure you feel from the medication?
What do you do if you get a fever or other symptoms?
And, when you’re looking for a test or exam, you may be expected to list any medications you take, as well as any tests you’re getting.
There are rules and regulations for each place you go to have a blood test.
The most important part of having a blood or urine test is that you have to show up to the appointment.
Some doctors have posted signs at the door to let you know you are being tested.
Some even ask you if you are willing to wait for a few minutes or if you want a blood sample.
It’s not a huge deal to be told you need to get a blood draw or a test, but you may not feel comfortable answering those questions, or not feel like you need a full blood count.
You also don’t want to wait more than 15 minutes.
If you are in a hurry and you’re told you must get a test after 15 minutes, it’s best to call your doctor to ask if you can get an appointment.
There is no rush hour rule for a blood count, and a blood drawing or a urine test takes time, too.
Here’s how to find out what the office staff wants to know about you, and what to expect.
How to find a doctor, lab or clinic