Post Archives from the ‘Patient’ Category



The Tooth Fairy Just Won’t Visit Me

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by
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Last week I had a bottom back molar extracted. My dentist and oral surgeon just knew it as a molar that had to come out. But I knew the truth behind the tooth: it was pulled because of what I did as a teenager. Here’s my confession. *** Like many teenagers, I wore braces. Unlike many teenagers, I spent most of my free time volunteering at an animal Continue reading the story "The Tooth Fairy Just Won’t Visit Me"

Reduce Your Wait for Medical Results

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by
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You get a diagnostic medical test.
You then have to wait, often for unreasonable amounts of time, for the results. 
Each minute seems like an hour, and each hour seems like a lifetime. For you, time is suspended around one thing: the results.
The Continue reading the story "Reduce Your Wait for Medical Results"

New Year’s Resolutions: Look Out for No.1

Posted on: December 31st, 2010 by
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I wish everyone a happy, healthy New Year. I am especially grateful for my readers and the kind comments left on my postings. I belong to a strong community of people affected by breast cancer, and I am so grateful Continue reading the story "New Year’s Resolutions: Look Out for No.1"

No Guilt Trip, Thanks

Posted on: August 10th, 2009 by
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Advocating for yourself goes beyond obtaining the best possible medical care. Self-advocacy also includes knowing whether to say "no" to other parties and/or your own doctors who want to publish some of your medical information (anonymously), in the interest of medicine/science/public awareness campaigns. Frankly, each of us must determine what information, if any, we want to share. I'm not suggesting that these Continue reading the story "No Guilt Trip, Thanks"

7 Common Mistakes Patients Make

Posted on: June 12th, 2009 by
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In the same vein as David Letterman's Top Ten list, I am focusing this posting on 7 common mistakes patients make when dealing with the medical system. I chose 7 instead of 10 because a) 7 is a lucky number and b) I don't think I could think of 3 more! 7. Allowing their jackets of a variety of doctor hues Continue reading the story "7 Common Mistakes Patients Make"

A Patient-Centered Bill of Rights

Posted on: April 3rd, 2009 by
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Too often, patients are confused by the language of various Patient's Bills of Rights because the language is often convoluted and confusing. It's hard enough to be a patient, so reading through muddling language only adds anxiety. So, in my Fantasy World of Medical Advocacy, here's my version of what a Patient's Bill of Rights should look like: Patient's Bill of Rights 1. You have the right to Continue reading the story "A Patient-Centered Bill of Rights"