Taking Charge of My Healthcare During Routine Checkups

Taking Charge of My Healthcare During Routine Checkups

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Taking Charge of My Healthcare During Routine Checkups

As part of the U.K.’s National Health Service, it is common practice for sickle cell disease patients to have routine checkups with their hematologist. These routine checkups include collecting blood and urine samples, reviewing patients’ care plans, and making general health assessments. I have never had much enthusiasm for these appointments in the past, and for several years I could almost predict how they would go. The doctor would review my results, ask about my hospitalizations,…

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