If you're like me, when you are at a doctors appointment you ask a few questions and think things are good. 5 seconds after you walk out you think of about 100 other questions that you really wanted to ask. It's even harder when you get a diagnosis of something rare. In this post, I wanted to bring up a few questions that I think are pretty good to ask at some point.
Ask about temperature limits. Is there a temperature that he doesn't want your child out in? Our old allergist told us that no matter how much anybody layers up on clothing, coats, hats, gloves etc. there is some point that those don't work. For him it was in the single digits.
Ask about blood tests. Are there any that were missed? Kind of a sensitive subject so either ease into it or just leave it completely.
If there are temperature limits where your child cannot leave the house? Clarify if he also means to go to school.
If he says no school in certain temperatures, ask for help with a 504 plan for your child or an IEP, a letter to the school explaining the condition, and ask how he wants recess times, drop off and pick up times if it is cold.
Ask if there are temperatures where if you child is able to go to school if he would prefer him not being outside for recess or extended periods of time. For us, in the beginning the kids couldn't go to school in single digits including wind chill. But if they could go to school our allergist still didn't want them out at recess in anything below 32.
If he does start setting temperature restrictions ask if wind chill is included in that.
Ask about meds for the winter. Does he want your child on one thing over another or combination meds. Are they prescription or over the counter?
Ask if he is on a preventative dose, how long before you can give Benadryl for a breakthrough reaction.
If you will be storing Benadryl at school for reactions, ask him to order it through the pharmacy a couple of weeks before school starts. While this seems silly, most schools require any medication coming in for students to be clearly labeled and showing a doctor has signed off on the use. Even over the counter stuff including Benadryl.
And through all of this remember that you are the ultimate judge of the doctor. If you feel it isn't a good fit, then it isn't! Trust your gut!!!!