Save your sanity, time & money!

You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.

You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?

A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.

I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.

I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.

Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How to Get Your Nurses to Be Nicer to You


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You're sick. You're scared. And you're in a LOT of pain. You want nursing care with Tender Loving Care. TLC can be hard to get. But it is possible.

Realize first that nurses have a workload to make mere mortals stagger under the physical, emotional and professional pressures. Patients and colleagues owe them respect but don't necessarily deliver it.

As to how nice nurses need to be, I've highlighted what nurses owe to patients at
Why Doctors, and Other People, Should Listen to YOU.

I've tried to garner support for a brave Texas nurse (and her like-minded colleagues) on Twitter and at
Are Texas Prosecutors OUT OF THEIR MINDS????????????? (she has been vindicated thank G'D).

See the problems of the nursing profession, now?

There's another built-in problem here. Patients are not only physically needy, they can be emotionally draining, too. Not every nurse has that extra nice service to give as he/she lifts heavy loads, delivers painful treatments, logs lots of hours by writing in medical records to prove how care was provided to each and every patient, and contends with picky - sometimes heartless - bosses.

Plus, each nurse faces heartache when patients don't do well or suffer excruciating pain. Nurses are not machines. They're people with all the ups and downs you have, too. Lives depend on them. Careers do, too. Nursing is one very stressful job (and terribly underpaid!).

As to that between-the-lines concern about too-nice nurses being vulnerable to emotional/professional abuse, I've explained the 2-way patient-nurse relationship plus how to effectively and fairly communicate with medical professionals in It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

Some personalities allow nurses to extend that extra measure of kindness. Some nurses simply focus on competence and respectful behavior. A person does their best based on their strengths and increasing awareness.

Whew, that's one BIG lesson
I''ve shared with you, today.

One more thought to go:

Want to learn how to communicate more effectively with your nurses, have them be nicer to you, and get the best care possible from them? Read relevant advice in

Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life


Anonymous said...; You saved my day again.

Yocheved Golani said...

Great! Please let other people know about the resources here and in the book. YG