I get asked all the time… “Kelly, I have no insurance. So every time I go to the clinic, I get seen by a different doctor. They have my chart, but I have to start all over every time I go. You say to ask my doctor about this and that, but I have no regular doctor. What can I do?”
The answer: Empower yourself, which means know yourself! Know your numbers. Know your baseline. Kind of like they give you a little card to keep a record of all of your medications, patients with lung disease should keep a record of test results and baselines. I have included a downloadable .pdf file below. Your list should look something like this:
Test Result Where and when it was done
CXR clear Hospital, 2015
PFT full study FEV 1 30% pred 2014
ABG 7.35/50/80/28/90% 2015 Hospital
6 minute walk
Baseline sat on room air 90
Quick 02 walking test
If you haven’t had most of these tests, don’t worry. You may not need all of them.
When you have X-rays done, ask to have the image put on a CD for you. They may have to mail it. Keep it with you. Take it with you when you go to a doctor or clinic.