Pain Management: The Tyranny Of Standardized Care

Standards of care are based on analysis of a huge amount of data which means, it describes everyone but applies to no one individual specifically.   That is the problem when you try to convince a medical professional  the specifics of your situation and get them to actually listen. Pain management has become the elephant…

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Hope And Courage Through 14 Surgeries

Spencer is 26, has ulcerative colitis, and recently had his fourteenth surgery in three years.  Some of the surgeries have been up to ten hours while others  were short diagnostic and exploratory procedures.  The last one was supposed to be the final surgery.  Each procedure and surgery offered hope to be  the last.  Infections and…

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Eating Breakfast While Reading My New Health Insurance Benefits Booklet

My husband rolled his eyes when he saw me at the breakfast table thoroughly enjoying the reading of my new health insurance benefits booklet.  His comment was, “You are probably the only person who reads that from cover to cover.”  Yes, I do and I tell people it is important to read and know your…

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WHY Personal Health Records Are Needed Now.

I have become an avid fan of personal health records (PHR). Personal Health Records are online sites that offer a home base for medical records.  I hadn’t thought about it very much until I had several new clients with complicated medical histories.  Unfortunately, the clients had been seen by multiple doctors, specialists and hospitals making medical…

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Notes From My Radio Show:The Empowered Patient

On the last friday of the month, I do a radio show,The Empowered Patient. The last show was titled,  The Nursing Home Roller Coaster: Tips for getting Quality Service. My guest was Siri Bani Ludlam, an accomplished artist, mother, teacher and yoga studio owner. Siri Bani’s story is about her mother who was diagnosed with…

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Conversations With Danielle, Caregiver and Social Worker

Danielle is the caregiver for a client of mine.  She calls me often to sometimes just chat and other times to vent about her frustrations with the healthcare system.  She has spent the last four years assisting her partner receive the care he needs.  It hasn’t been easy at times.  Her partner has needed multiple…

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