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Becoming More Like My Mother

There is much I have always admired about my mother.  She was the one who took care of the banking and bill paying.  She planned ahead for large medical expenses and secretly saved enough to cover the bills (because dad … Continue reading

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The Hospital Maze – Family Physician, Hospitalist and Specialists

Mom’s recovery was complicated by many factors. She was originally expected to be discharged within a week, but then required a second surgery, and had multiple unexpected problems. Soon she was followed by a family physician, 2 surgical groups, a physical therapist, a nephrologist, a urologist, a cardiologist, an oncologist, and a pulmonologist who was also the hospitalist for the intensive care unit. I had a hard time getting information about mom’s condition and prognosis until I learned to work with this maze of physicians. This lack of effective communication between myself as mom’s health care surrogate and the physicians left me with a lasting sense of failure as I was unable to prepare dad for mom’s impending death. Continue reading

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