My son will soon be officially an adult. With that comes the legal issues and medical records. My favorite is that despite the fact that I am paying for his medical coverage and the bills, the insurance company cannot give me any information. Quite irritating. And yes, I know he will just need to sign a form granting me access. Yearly. Still irritating. There are decisions to be made about finding an adult doctor or staying with the pediatric doctor. Plus dealing with all the transitions that come with that.
But the one I wasn’t prepared for is how he is going to manage caring for his own health. As his parent, I have had to make all the decisions for him. Granted I have been good at including him in discussions and taking into account his thoughts and feelings. I’ve been doing this a long time. I have learned so much about IBD, the treatments, procedures, etc. Now that he is trying to make decisions for himself, I see how much he doesn’t know about his own disease. And that is scary. So being the good parent that I am, I will have to take the time to show him how to find valid and correct information. I will need to start at square one.
I’ll let you know how it goes.