A major part of living with brain injury can become the doctors appointments, therapies, and healthcare system - but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Dr. Kelsy Rayl is here to walk us through some steps to be more empowered as a patient, including practical tools on what to do to show up at appointments informed and get the most out of them. We also discuss managing symptoms in appointments, identifying personal recovery goals, and how to find the right medical team. It is important to know which doctors will help you to do which things, so that you can get your needs and symptoms addressed.
This is an encouraging and very important conversation for anyone navigating the healthcare system post-brain injury. Whether you are a survivor, caregiver, or family member listening - you'll leave more empowered and informed to know that you can take an active role in this healthcare journey!
5:30 Introducing Dr. Kelsy
8:30 Identity Post-Brain Injury
9:40 Lifestyle Change of Dr. Appts
13:30 Patient Empowerment
16:30 Identifying Strengths/Limits
17:45 Provider Perspective
19:00 Understanding Roles of Different Providers
30:15 Managing Symptoms w/ Appts.
36:00 Practical Tips for Documentation
42:15 Identifying & Prioritizing Recovery Goals
47:40 Seeking Second Opinions
50:00 Words of Hope
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This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician.