09 September 2009

Things You Don't Think About #1 - Family Medical History

I had my psych intake today, and it went well. I was bothered by one thing: filling out a medical history form.

You know, I can list my meds, I can give contact information, all that stuff I know, I can fill in. Even most of the surgeries and immunizations... well, the major ones.

Not a problem, right?

Until I reach the half-page section titled "Family History".

Tens of checkboxes for various conditions from depression to heart disease, and a number of things you really wouldn't ordinarily think about. After all, your parents are your parents, they fed you, clothed you, took care of you when you were sick, and you don't think about the genetics of the situation.

Obviously, when they thought about this form, they didn't think about it, either. It just doesn't come up, I guess, but I think it's a potentially interesting issue to explore.

So I just scrawled: "Unknown -- Adopted!" across the checklist.

I'm off to bed, now.

Oh, and the person I saw said that even though my sleep schedule is way off, at least it's consistent.

Good night!

1 comment:

  1. I've done the same thing vis a vis having no medical history due to adoption. It's what finally made me seek out my birth parents to get some info.

    (via FSTDT)


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