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Schooling the Doctors
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I will fearlessly learn all I can
about my loved one’s healthcare needs and become an
integral member of his or her medical care team.
Lesson One: I’d like to open with a
further discussion of Principle 5 of the
Fearless Caregiver Manifesto. To begin, allow me to
introduce Mindy who has a lot to teach all of us.
As she says regarding her age, she is “a good ways past
the halfway mark,” making her old enough to have created
a full life before the advent of computers, laptops,
Twitter, Pinterest and yes, even Google.
Yet, the Google has quickly become a
tool she ranks high among those in her caregiving
toolkit when dealing with the medical community. For
example, when Mindy’s doctor prescribed a new drug to
relieve the pain she described on a recent visit, she had
received a very cursory response to her inquiry about
the benefits versus risks of this new medication.
Feeling unsatisfied with the non-answer she had been
given, her first move was to visit the great Google
machine in the sky to check on this new drug he was
prescribing. After reviewing pages and pages of
contraindications, one in particular stood out – and it
was a doozy.
Mindy discovered that the new
prescription had some pretty (potentially) drastic side
effects for someone who was on a medication she was
taking, prescribed by another one of her doctors.
She called the office and they quickly made adjustments
to the prescriptions. Her situation was common for most
folks “a good ways past the halfway mark” since on
average, seniors take seven medications prescribed by
more than one doctor.