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Having a Disability

Here at The Youthhood, we know a lot of teens that are facing illness and disability. As you become an adult, you will become the expert on your illness or disability. It is really important that you learn all you can about your health.

Medication

If you take medications, learn how they work and why you take them. Learn about their side effects and how they will affect any other medications you might take at other times. Some medications change how other medicines work, like how antibiotics can make birth control pills less effective. Your doctor will be able to tell you if any drugs you are on “interact” like this.

Medical/Health I.D. Card

Carry a card in your wallet with your health information. It should list the medicines that you take and any allergies you have. It should also list your emergency telephone numbers. Carry this card with any other important information you might have in your wallet.

Doctor’s Appointments

If you have a lot of doctor’s appointments that interrupt your routine, ask to schedule appointments at a good time for you so you won’t miss so much time from school or work. They can accommodate you! Also, if you need extra time at the appointment, ask for this when you make the appointment. This will help your doctor not be so rushed and be able to focus on you and answer all your questions.

Equipment Needed

Think ahead! If you use battery-powered equipment every day, like a wheelchair or van ramp, be sure to keep it in good condition with regular maintenance so you don’t miss work or school or a fun event due to mechanical failure.

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