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#A4Amonth Day 4: Surprise! Bet you didn’t know…Introvert to Cheerleader!

Posted in #A4Amonth,Newer Posts by Healthier Stay on August 24, 2012
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Day 4: Surprise! Bet you didn’t know…Today’s post theme is all about the reveal. What’s something people would be surprised to know about your life as a caregiver or your loved on. Uncover it and elaborate upon in stream-of-consciousness-style.

One thing that has especially surprised me as a caregiver, is how much I have really grown as a person. One thing that I have been able to do is overcome my crippling  shyness. I really have a hard time in crowds and around a lot of strangers. It’s very easy to just live like that when it is only effecting me, but once I learned that you have to speak up at the hospital or risk your patient’s care, I started talking. I started introducing my patient and myself and writing down the Doctor/Nurse/Tech/Aid’s name and remembering it the next day. I started asking about their day and their families, how they decided to follow medicine as a career and I got to know them. Complete strangers! If I was at a party, I would be stammering all over myself or just smiling and nodding, hoping to see someone I knew. 

This change seemed to come about because I am (unfortunately for me) much more willing to exit my comfort zone to help someone I love than to better my position. It’s worked in many ways though, when my Mom was in a rehab center, she had an awful infection caused by her radiation treatment. She worked so hard to be strong and work on her rehab every day but she kept falling behind. One day we got word that the insurance company was sending her home and she was on her own…I was fit to be tied so I started calling the insurance company myself, I called the helpline and her case manager and found out that we had one way to appeal, her doctor could present her case and if he was persuasive enough and had enough documentation he could buy her some time. I went to each of her care groups, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Social Services, Case Workers, Nurses, Aids and her Doctor, told them what had to be done and withing 2 hours we had a plan of attack and the doctor was able to plead her case the next day. WE WON! They gave her another week without prejudice and tracked her progress from after her infection, not before. Our team would not have been able to work so fast if we had not had a rapport and/or if no one was there to stand their ground.

It’s not just me, I’ve seen it in so many family and care advocates that it continually astounds me, but it definitely makes me so proud! Go Patients, Go Caregivers! Go Team!

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  1. Cary Gossett said,

    Donna, I must commend you on your great thinking and perseverance, despite shyness.

    The inscrutable decisions made by insurance companies are hard to negotiate, so hats off. In my professional network, I hear that the vast majority of physicians and hospitals fear ruin of their businesses &/or are planning premature retirement under Obamacare. Insurance decisions will exceed the inscrutable into liability chaos.

    I think your knowledge and experience would go far in advocating and educating people that rationed healthcare hurts everyone and fails when practiced. We have family in England and colleagues in Canada. The systems there are poorly tolerated by lower and middle classes. The best care there is privately paid for in the small, private health market. Obamacare plans the same for us.

    That is why I advocate Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, AFCM, http://www.afcm.org/ an organization that champions patient’s, healthcare worker’s, and doctor’s freedom of choice for their own medical care. One can find many educational articles on how to reclaim free choice in medicine. I invite you to have a look and inspire that brilliant mind of yours!

    Best,
    Cary


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