Since your husband will be there I'd print out at least 3 copies, so both you and your husband have copies to go over with the surgeon.
After a 21 day hospital stay for a UC flare, I went into my GI's office with the question list, symptoms, etc and he just smiled at me when I gave them to him, he thought it was the greatest thing and said that he'd never had a patient do this before and lets go over them together. He didn't have to look at a computer or medical records, we just sat and talked face to face for about
30 minutes. My list was really detailed, I probably spent 2 or 3 hours putting the list together.
You have to remember that many of these surgeons are weird people, they're use to working on people when they are unconscious and that is there primary job. Many of them are not very personable and are perfectionists. They don't like to be questioned about
The second day
after my Colectomy I was up and walking around for one of the first times and it was about
7AM. I bumped into my surgeon in the hallway making his rounds and I started asking questions, he looked down at his watch and told me that I had 60 seconds because he had to be downstairs. He is the Chief Surgeon for the Hospital (not colorectal, but the entire hospital) at one of Major Medical Centers in NYC, I was horrified to be treated that way. We later became friendly and he did a lot of very nice things for me.
DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014
Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226