Why have we been referred to you? You may not know exactly why, yet.
What is the diagnoses? Get as much info as you can.
What does this mean, right now? Next month, next year, in 5, 10, 20 years from now?
Is this permanent or temporary?
What can be done? What has been done? Ask for case studies and proven examples of real people.
What are the treatments? What are the statistics for treatments?
Are there more symptoms, or changes I should be looking for? What are they?
Who should I call if there’s an emergency at home? Where should I go in an emergency? Is this the sort of thing you call 000 for?
Does my child need surgery? When will that be? What are the outcomes? What are the side effects?
How is this going to affect my child’s life?
Where will the surgery be? Who will perform it? How long will it take? What do I need to do to prepare?
What are the risks and benefits?
Are there other options?
Does my child need glasses? Patches?
How often will my child need to be treated? Have surgery? Come to these appointments?
How do I follow up?
Are we entitled to any special services or benefits?
What medical and rehabilitation resources are available?
How can my child continue with a normal day to day life?
How can we protect our child in the meantime?
Can I get a second opinion? This one may be hard to ask, but you should always look for a second opinion, especially if you don’t like what you are hearing. Imagine if we had never gotten a second opinion with Dane!