Tag Archives: #Medicine

I just had to let it go

14 Jul

 

I guess I am Crazy, I still think I can make a difference. My friends and family would not understand my desire to got to #TEDTalks, Just like they did not understand my desire to make a documentary and just because I failed there is no reason not to try.  As far as I can tell life is about the trying maybe you can use that last line either way. When you grow up poor you don’t get choices you get reality and somehow we have to move and progress.

Dream Qualifications

I’m not sure there are any qualifications for a dream and why should there be. I never understood not trying. I learned early to acquiesce to a mad man and choices were luxuries that none of us could afford. Your only choice was get beat up or get someone else beat, either way someone was getting beat. I use to play this game with myself.  I called it, “invisible”  in which the object of the game was to get as close to invisible as possible and believe me if you chose to but I came as close to invisible as humanly possible. I had lots of choices in my head and I could travel to them in my mind. No one had to tell me to sit still it was nearly impossible to do anything else. You learn stillness early it settles you and yet is so uncomfortable,. Always waiting for the other shoe to drop or fist or belt or spoon or whatever was at hand. I suppose all writing is cathartic, but I feel qualified for my dreams.

Same as Not

I discovered early in my childhood that I was different and I don’t mean like I was weird. I just mean that my mind was wired different. I saw beauty in things easily, I knew I had value, I knew I had worth and although the harshness of my environment changed me, it did not change me for the worse. I have fought my feelings but again not how you might think. I fight that there was value in my childhood. That somehow someone would win if I acknowledged my own growth. It’s a bitter pill to swallow to associate your own strength with the abuse provided by another. I often find still I put out my feelers quickly and have a decent sense of people although the curse is you never know to what measure. I might feel someone is negative and not out for my good, but you don’t know to what measure. I have had to learn to love my differences and learned to realize I have a very unique perspective, so the sameness I craved I just had to let it go.

Spiritual Emergency

I have been drawn into health care for a reason and all though I am not a clinician I certainly feel that my dream of helping to change the nature of health care is a part of my tribulations. I see and meet so many wonderful people who are faced with such terrible basic health care, for most there is no basic health care and the only thing treated is urgent or emergent. I hear providers say, ” this patient is never going to comply”, and I always wonder to myself, ” then why take that course” .  I have come to believe that our crisis in health care is not only that patients are dieing but that providers are dieing as well. There desire to care for others is slowly drifting out of their own practice of medicine. I know we can rescue the spirit of health care providers I feel strongly that if given the tools and the chance most providers would flourish and the state of health care would dramatically improve. Somewhere inside me I know that there is a reason I try and get involved. I know what it feels like to have a damaged spirit and I know how to help people out of it. We can change anything we want to. Take back our health and say no more am I going to be a code, No longer will I sit back and allow this suffering.

We Don’t Have To

I have an idea of getting primary providers involved with cutting edge technology and design to reinvigorate their spirit of health care and to create medicine that is effective and prevention based, provides better access , and is more cost effective. It’s simple and achievable. we live in a world of Technology and design impacts are lives more times then most people realize. What if we were to think about medical applications first and then bring it to design. It seems to me that utilizing the latest technology should not be based on the technology first with medical applications being an after thought or a money grab. We could  get together thought leaders in multiple fields and create from the perspective of care delivery.

THIS IS WHY I WANT TO GO TO TEDTALKS

An idea worth sharing is what I have and I know that probably people better qualified than I am on paper but when it comes to the outreach and development I will give anyone a run for their money. My dreams may not be qualified but that does not reduce their potential impact.

Please help me get to Ted Talks, repost, republish, tell anyone, tell everyone, I know u can all have an impact in your own small way.

I can be contacted directly at helpmegettoTedTalks@yahoo.om

Don’t qualify your dreams

 

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A wish worth sharing! Drug resistant TB and Photographer James Nachtwey

13 Jul

The fight against a devastating disease who’s numbers are on the rise.  A post worth forwarding. This disease is closer than you might think  Raise awarness!

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Live short and Prosper

13 Jul

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New study out indicates that Immigrants are not the healthy lot we thought they were.  I recently spoke with an er Doctor about a common issue that he faces; immigrants or what he thinks to be immigrants use the ER like Primary Care only they tend to come in with a list of issues. Many of their health issues could have been treated easily had they not waited. Many have chronic diseases such as Diabetes 2 and have never been treated. Many have respiratory issues that from xrays you get a feel that they are long standing.

I wonder how much it costs us to frighten immigrants, illegal or otherwise, into thinking that there is some reporting that goes on in Health Care. As far as I know I have never heard of any Doctor or staff reporting immigrants. I worked for an early childhood development program and we would see it all the time that immigrant families were hesitant to seek service for their children and even when service was rendered they often treated it to begin with, with mis-trust. This was double for the male head of house hold.

In this current political climate this problem is growing worse. I also believe that the money that outreach programs had for interpreters is long gone/ cut by many states. But I also wonder if there is something deeper here? Is this lack of outreach some sort of punishment or if immigrants are afraid to seek care is it somehow a way for our leaders to make it less likely some will stay.  I am sure no one on CNN will talk about healthcare in immigrant populations, but if we looked at this from a perspective of cost savings it is far cheaper to outreach and treat then it is to treat in an ER.

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I believe that there are a number of  Health Care related issues that could be addressed right now and with far less money then what it costs us currently. Certainly Immigrants around the world face similar issues. These are not second class citizens! They were once our fathers and grandmothers and the people that bring life to a culture.

Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

12 Jul

 

How much do medical mistakes cost? 19.5 Billion per year study-puts-cost-of-medical-errors-at-195-billion This linkw will lead you to an interesting article on the costs of medical errors.

How can we fix a problem that is systemic.?

I have worked with many practices that have put no thought into prevention of errors and find that talking to physicians and medical staff about mistakes is like talking about abortion or politics. NO ONE WANTS TALK ABOUT IT! As if somehow the mere mention of errors would somehow make them happen.

I have seen investigations into medical errors and they are not singular in nature meaning that multiple parties are involved in most mistakes and a recurring theme always comes up: Not listening to patients and caregivers.

How can we change the mindset that the patient does not know what they are talking about when it comes to their own health?

How do we heal Healthcare and should we have thought of prevention?

12 Jul

We seem to be able to point out the faults of medicine, but how can we help our providers and patients better prevent and treat disease states.

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It is more than treating symptoms

12 Jul

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