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"
Post Archives from the ‘Patient’ Category
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.
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"
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"
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"
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"