Be Alert To Medication Side Effects and Interactions

One can never be too vigilant when it comes to monitoring medication side effects and interactions.  Every medication has a wide range of potential side effects, many are harmful.  The problem is, the pharmaceutical industry emphasizes the most common potential adverse reactions and downplays the less frequently seen events. Any time, a client starts a…

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When Doctors Sue Patients? Malpatient?

What a crazy world we live in!  The Boston Globe, Sunday March 31,2013 had a front page article by Liz Kowalczyk, called  “Doctors Firing Back at Patients’ Online Critiques.”  It is the story of a patient’s spouse who blogged about a doctor and stated the person was not compassionate. Since the Boston Globe doesn’t let…

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The POWER in emPOWERed Patient

It is often hard to feel as if you have any power or say when visiting the doctor or lying in a bed in the hospital.  Most people are not medical and don’t understand much of the jargon being bantered around.  We struggle to make sense of what has happened to our body.  We don’t…

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Who Me? An Empowered Patient?

What makes an empowered patient?  two things; A desire to have more information in order to make the right decision and the desire to be involved with all decision making.  Now doesn’t that sound simple? In my work, I have the privilege to meet many people who are empowered patients and caregivers and don’t realize…

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The Tao of Empowered Caregiving

Last week on my radio show, I had Helena Doyle on.  She along with her sister are the caregivers for her parents.  Both her parents have complex medical problems and live at home.  I loved speaking with her because she learned how to navigate the healthcare system through trial and error. During our conversation, two…

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The Man Who Mistook His Catheter Bag For A Phone

This was a  spouse/caregiver’s call to me for help.  “He is trying to use his bag as a phone.” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.  The caregiver was unhinged, scared and confused.  What had happened to make these sudden changes?  What happened was, my client had a minor procedure for back pain that…

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Being Safe At The Emergency Room

I spent part of the other night with a client and his wife at the local ER.  His primary care doctor had sent him there after hours.  My client’s wife and caregiver had thought she could handle it herself but on the follow up call, she was in distress.  My client was having a difficult…

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Day 5 Wish: Accepting the Mind/Body Connection

Day 5: I wish medicine would accept the mind/body connection I wish that medicine would stop separating the mind and the body as if they exist in parallel universes.  I wish that medicine would acknowledge that  emotional and psychological issues   impact physical health and the healing process.  I wish medical professionals would do a…

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How I Learned The Lesson Of Patience From My Client

For those who have read my blog posts in the past, you may be aware I don’t have much tolerance for long wait times at a doctor’s office.  I think if a doctor is behind, the office staff, nurse or doctor should inform a person of the approximate wait time and give continuous updates. There…

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Love Is… A Nursing Home Ombudsperson

I recently had the pleasure of interacting with my regional ombudsperson.  I had contacted her because of an issue with a client at a nursing home.  I hadn’t needed an ombudsperson in the past but the situation warranted a powerful and swift intervention. The Massachusetts Department of Health describes the Ombudsperson program: “Life in a…

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