3 Tishrei, 5779
It's a new year, ripe with fresh beginnings for everyone on the planet.
But what if you need help to deal with some medical professional who doesn't seem to be meeting your needs or those of a loved one?
They're intimidated by the educations and uniforms of medical personnel, and even more intimidated by rude, rushed, and oblivious medical staff members. Some of them have too many patients to care for in a short amount of time, and with limited resources. THAT is the very reason, though, that a person needs to advocate for themselves in a medical setting and with a medical situation.
It's one thing to feel bewildered by everything that's going on and another to be additionally limited by medical care that seems to be missing in action. It makes a person even more scared to speak up, though they're panicking that something is going terribly wrong.
They wonder what to do, "Speak up, or stay quiet and let the doctors, technicians, nurses and orderlies do their work?" The inner debate doesn't necessarily solve problems and it sure doesn't calm down worried people aka patients and their loved ones.
The truth is that you need to advocate for yourselves - especially when you sense that things are not proceeding in optimal fashion.
The story below points out the necessity of "Self Advocacy." The irony of the event was that two board-certified doctors, the parents of the sickly child, were being ignored, abused, and made frantic as their child's life was jeopardized by insufficient medical care.
Read all about that in
Hair-raising stuff. We seek out medical professionals to heal us or to minimize our medical problems. When they aren't prepared to do so, or resist the need to care for us appropriately, YOU have a call to action.
Learn what to do when you read the "YOU are your own best advocate" section in
Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.
Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.
Fill your mouth with helpful words, and your hands with pro-active behavior. SHOW the doctors, nurses and everyone else that section of the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book if necessary.