My goal in this post is to give you some helpful hints to consider when a patient is in a hospital. … In the end it’s your right to be involved.
Do not let anyone, especially your doctor, tell you to never listen to your pharmacist. That is far from the truth. My team of pharmacists, more than once, have saved me with issues from my meds. One time I almost went into a coma due to the prescription being too strong for me at that time. If it wasn’t for the pharmacist and Patti bringing it to their attention I probably wouldn’t be here now.
So a short guide to dealing with your pharmacist as an empowered patient is as follows:
For all of you who may have been unable to attend the 1st Annual Virtual Caregivers Conference 2014, I have posted the archive link below so you can view it at your leisure. Topics covered: putting together your carees medical binder, traveling with your caree or preparing to travel yourself and making preparations for your caree, loading/unloading your caree into a sedan and into a SUV, along with some safety product reviews and much more.
I thought I would give you some insight from my entry into the empowered patient world. My take may be different from yours but let me say this, it should run pretty close to mine in that many doctors are the same (afraid of an empowered patient), especially if they are set in their ways. Don’t let that scare you away though, it just takes a little time and loving to make everyone work together.
Mark-John Clifford, a member of Intake.Me’s patient advisory board, shares a sample, productive dialogue he had with his doctor when he brought new research to his doctor. Mark asks, “Do your conversations with your doctor go like this?”
Richard Kreis, one of our Patient Advisory Board members, who is also an empowered caregiver and patient, shares his experience with a recent surprise (and unwelcome) visitor: Charley Horses. Richard shares his empowered patient detective skills and asks, “What were you not told about your medications that later surprised you?”