If you’re anything like me, waking up on Thanksgiving morning brings to mind a flood of memories to truly appreciate. Maybe its the intoxicating smell of turkey (and the tryptophan will make you want a nap) mixed with pumpkin pie, or the anticipation of Christmas that entices us to slow down and reflect on what is truly important in our hectic lives. For me, of course, my delightful family is always a “sweet spot” when I come home from work each day.
Healthcare on the other hand, has come under criticism for many reasons, and my position is no exception. Despite all of the challenges facing health providers, I still love the challenge of caring for patients with respiratory illness! Despite all of the changes proposed by the “powers that be” to make health care better, the following principles remain:
- If you understand the WHY about your condition, you’ll be better prepared to implement the HOW do I feel better!
- Feeling better is a cooperative effort between patients, health care providers, support systems, the right diagnosis and the right treatment. Solutions are never usually simple, easy, or a quick fix.
- I’m reminded of a middle-aged woman who was frequently hospitalized for her asthma. She was frequently on steroids (oral) for wheezing and almost died several times. She made a decision to stop smoking, clean her environment, and took her medications on a regular basis. She also attended classes on asthma and taught herself about what made her asthma so severe in the first place. Was she successful? I never hear from her anymore if that tells you something about her progress.
Enjoy your holiday….and by the way if you get heartburn, I wrote last year about the inevitable! Click on the link below.