Quick Poll: Has your partner met your doctor? And if so, was it helpful?

By Dr GaryCA Latest Activity February 18, 2018 at 11:26 am Views 4,752 Replies 3

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What about you and your partner? Are you always in sync on the what and the why and the how of your treatment regimen? And if not, does that sometimes result in miscommunication, along with frustration?

If so, have you ever thought of sitting down together and having a chat with your doctor? There are a lot of benefits to the three of you having a meeting together. For one thing, as Sally suggested, you would both have the same information. That means that, if you’re living with this condition, you don’t have to try and translate medical information. Your partner would get it straight from the doctor. Also, your physician has a unique perspective on what it takes to live with your diagnosis. He/she could explain how your condition and its treatment impacts you not only physically but emotionally. And the three of you could talk about how you and your partner can work together in a way that both of your needs are recognized and accommodated.

After all, when one member of the home is living with a chronic condition, everybody is living with it.

I wrote an article on this topic awhile back. Here’s a link:


I’m really interested in knowing if you and your partner have met with your doctor. If so, who’s idea was it? And was it helpful?

And if not, would you like your partner to sit down with you and your doctor. Why? And if not, why not?

Looking forward to hearing from you on this one.

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  • beckyb19
    beckyb19 February 25, 2018 at 12:17 am   

    Yes, as soon as I realized that my husband would one day become my husband while we were dating, I took him to my doctors appointment. I wanted him to be able to get a better understanding of what my disorder is and how it will impact his life. Since then, he has been a part of all appointments if we will be discussing any changes or possible changes to medicines. We are now planning to start a family. He will be right there with me, doing research on pregnancy with narcolepsy with cataplexy, making the decision that is best for our whole family and safest for me and baby, and going to all doctor appointments to stay in sync throughout the whole pregnancy.

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