What to Know About Parent's Medical History
I've heard that being an informed patient can help prevent hospital or pharmaceutical error, and so I'd like to know more about the health care of my 50 year old parents, but I don't know what questions to ask.
Off hand I know they are both diabetic. My father has eczema and received a stint a year ago. My mother had heart surgery a year back, has a history of bipolar disorder, and will be getting a hysterectomy soon. They are both on a prodigious amount of medication.
What should I know about their medication, medical history, family history, or about other areas? What information should I have with me when one of my parents goes in for a medical procedure, such as my mom's upcoming hysterectomy?