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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An Advocate Learns A Lesson Traveling With Mom

Being a patient advocate, I should have been smarter about traveling with my 88 year old mother from Boston to Santa Fe, NM.  My mother lives independently, is quite active and cognitively competent.  She has her senior moments but that is more about where she left her keys. (Yes! she is still driving to my…

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Invoking The Healthcare Proxy

Two questions I get asked regularly is, who can invoke the healthcare proxy and when should it occur?  I get these questions most frequently from adult children of elderly parents.  The question is asked because they have noticed a parent is having cognitive changes or increased confusion about medications or safety issues in the home.…

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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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Day 3:A Wish for Healthcare Change: Communication Of Wait Times

I would like medical practices and institutions to become accountable for long appoinment wait times.   I want real communication on any delays and don’t want to hear one more time, “The doctor is behind.”  I want to know, how long is the wait in real time not doctor time.  I am tired of scheduling…

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