Navigating the health care system is close to impossible. Health professionals have seen it all before and you're flattering yourself if you think you're special. After my initial CT scan, I was referred to a thoracic surgeon, and the diagnosis process slowed. It took days to get a call back. A week passed before I had an appointment. The first biopsy didn't get enough tissue, and the near-traumatizing second needed ten days of analysis. Four weeks isn't that long, but if 'you have cancer' is at the end of it, it feels like a lifetime.
|Me and me ma in Amsterdam, |
the Netherlands, August 2011.
Truth be told, I was afraid the doctor wouldn't like me. Thankfully, my mom was not. She focused on what was really at stake - getting her daughter better. Two years later, I am, thanks to my mother's fearlessness and fighting spirit.
Aw Thanks Steph. A mother couldn't get a nicer compliment. truth be told, in a situation like yours - a mother has no other choice. I did out of love for you.ReplyDelete
This is a good one. It can be so challening to say anything opposite to the doctor's opinion (at least for me). It's weird - I find it much easier to fight for someone else than for myself. Speaking up is on my 'must do' list as well!ReplyDelete
I'm slowly learning it is much easier to be the advocate for your child than it is to be the patient! So glad you have such a great Mom in your corner. :)ReplyDelete