Your first consultation
Hearing that your child may have a potentially life-threatening ailment is never easy. Even when you feel prepared for such a diagnosis, and the outcomes for that diagnosis are excellent, the words can make it difficult to focus on what the specialist is saying.
Whenever possible, we recommend that you bring a trusted friend or extended family member to your child's first consultation to take notes and even record important information. It also helps to prepare a list of questions to ask the doctor during the visit. You will probably have additional questions during the visit, but having a list to start from can make it easier to begin conversations.
Depending on your child's diagnosis, you may have a lot of appointments to keep up with as well as medications and treatment schedules. To help keep everything organized and reduce some of the stress of managing your child's condition, Cook Children's offers a free family medical planner. You may want to download it before your first consultation so you can begin to organize everything right from the beginning.
Family medical planner – Parents of heart patients have lots things to keep up with, like appointments, treatments, medications, home care and more. Our family medical planner can help you keep track of everything, and for older children and teens, provides a way for them to take an active part in their care. The planner is FREE and is available online.
We're here to help.
If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. For resources, education or more information on support, click here. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-2140.