September 2008 archive

Sep 26 2008

Doctors as Patients – Maybe This Should be Part of Med School?

From time to time I’ll read an article written by a doctor about his or her experience as a patient.  Several have written books about their experiences, and what they learned from them. Often their own patient-hood causes some sort of epiphany.  That “aha!” moment that helps them GET IT.  Their work is no longer …

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Sep 23 2008

Have You Been Diagnosed with Cancer? Are You Sure the Diagnosis is Correct?

When I received my cancer diagnosis in 2004, and proved I didn’t really have cancer at all, it was the first time I had ever heard or known about that form of misdiagnosis. It’s backwards from those we hear about more frequently.  Most of the time we hear about a “missed diagnosis” — meaning someone …

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Sep 18 2008

Wrong Site Surgery — What Happens Next?

I don’t usually write about local or state news because my work is really more broad than that — however — an article in my local newspaper about a local hospital and wrong-site surgery just begged for some additional information! Wrong site surgery — a “never event” that takes place an estimated 100 – 200 …

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Sep 11 2008

Daniel Was Misdiagnosed with SPTCL, Too

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  In that time I’ve been the Gramma-sitter for my two little grandsons while their new baby sister arrived (welcome Kyla Shay!), buried my ex-husband’s cremains (he died last April), spoken to two groups of patients, recorded two radio shows and finished my book proposal. Enough excuses, you say! But …

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