Hi Kathy--the ladies have given you good advice. The tape recorder and extra person were invaluable to me.
I also kept copies of all of my test results, pathology reports etc in a folder. That way, if you are seeing more than 1 doctor (ie the onc, radiation onc, surgeon, family doc, gyn etc) you have everything you need available at your fingertips rather than having to wait for records to be sent to them. Just ask your docs for the test results as they become available.
I kept a regular spiral notebook, too. After I listened to the tape at home, I would write things down in the notebook. I would also use the notebook to jot down questions/symptoms I had in between appointments so that I could discuss at my next appointment.
Hugs to you,
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