Doctor's visits require advance planning, more than many business meetings that I've attended.
For today's physical I made sure that the results of last month's colonoscopy were sent to him. I had blood drawn for the lab twelve days ago. I brought this year's insurance and pharmacy cards, as well as a list of medicines prescribed by different specialists.
The doctor is old school, that is, he spent 90% of our session talking to and examining me and only 10% of the time looking at computer records (I've encountered other doctors who do the reverse.) He went over the recommended inoculations and gave me flu and pneumonia shots. I'll return for the TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) in March.
He wrote new prescriptions and repeated his admonition to lose ten pounds with a little more urgency than he did a year ago. Hopefully, this year I'll follow his advice.