A Note to Providers About Professionalism

Professionalism goes a very long way in patient relationships. Even if you don’t feel compassion, sympathy or empathy for your patients the fact that healthcare is a business and good business requires good customer service, I strongly suggest you learn how to at least fake it and fake it well. Openly doodling and blatantly leaving it for your patient to find does not instill a sense of professionalism a provider should hope for.

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Grieving Our Former Selves Never Really Stops

When dealing with the daily challenges of chronic illness one never truly escapes the grieving process. We may, given enough time after diagnosis, learn how to cope with our new lives but glimpses of the past can seep in time and again, when we least expect it. Let me share with you just one such example of how this can happen, or at least how it happened to me recently. Continue reading “Grieving Our Former Selves Never Really Stops”

“Big Name” Food Store Pharmacy Penalizes Patients

I’ve been trying to figure out how to share this for hours since it happened. I am going to try to write this so that it makes the most sense, but beg your forgiveness if it is a bit disjointed in its presentation. I thought a great deal before deciding to write this post and decided I must share it so that others who may encounter similar situations can know that they are not alone. Continue reading ““Big Name” Food Store Pharmacy Penalizes Patients”

Reflections – #AtoZ Challenge 2018

This year included a new personal challenge that I set for myself to attempt to learn to curtail my posts. I was shooting for an average post length of somewhere between 500 to 750 words per post. While this often doesn’t sound like it may be enough to adequately address a particular topic I’ve found it is far to easy for me, personally, to ramble on in an attempt to give multiple viewpoints on the topic. Continue reading “Reflections – #AtoZ Challenge 2018”

You – #AtoZChallenge2018

While I’ve spent the majority of this month writing about things from the viewpoint of both a patient and a care provider I have decided to make this post focus on you as an individual and your responsibilities to yourself both as a patient and your own primary caregiver as they should be considered on in the same for if you don’t take care of yourself, or at least try to, how can anybody else help you? Continue reading “You – #AtoZChallenge2018”

eXpectations – #AtoZChallenge2018


The topic for today is our eXpectations for both ourselves and others. We must always remember, whether we are healthy or not, to set reasonable expectations for ourselves and those we may interact with during the course of our lives. While it may seem easy, there can be many challenges in the way of doing so. As mentioned in earlier posts, we are often harder on ourselves and expect more of ourselves than even our worst critic could ever express. It is for this reason that we must set reasonable expectations. We must also reevaluate them often to ensure that they are still reasonable given the current circumstances in our lives. Continue reading “eXpectations – #AtoZChallenge2018”

Why’s – #AtoZChallenge2018


The subject of today’s post is the questions we ask ourselves. I remember many years ago (don’t even ask how long ago!) learning the phrase “who, what, where, when, why,” and sometimes even adding how to the end of that. While that lesson was framed in the aspect of writing as a child in school, it can serve us well in this discussion as well. Regardless of whether one is a patient or a physician or other practitioner we can find ourselves wondering about the answers to these questions when interacting with the other. Continue reading “Why’s – #AtoZChallenge2018”

Value – #AtoZChallenge2018

The topic for today’s discussion is value. Not the kind of value one may think of in the terms of monetary value, but rather today we will touch on the surface of how we value ourselves as it pertains to both a patient and provider. First, I wish to address how we value ourselves from a patient perspective. It is not uncommon for a patient who has experienced a seemingly devastating illness or injury to feel that they are now less of a person or somehow less valuable than they were prior to the diagnosis. Continue reading “Value – #AtoZChallenge2018”