Friday, June 21, 2013

On Being an Advocate ~ June 21, 2013

One thing this little excursion into the health care system has taught me is that it's critical to be your own advocate. Kaiser and UCSF are world class institutions but that doesn't mean that things can't get lost in translation, transition, or Timbuktu. I have an awesome medical team, but regardless of the expertise represented, you need to find your voice and speak up. Telling me no or I don't know is not an option.

We can do it
We Can Do It

It's akin to herding cats or cattle, to make sure everyone is on the same page, headed in the same direction. As Will Rogers once said "If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there".

Fine Art Print "Long Shot"

Long Shot
So whether you're looking after yourself, a friend, or family take the bull by the horns, do some research and educate yourself. If you're not satisfied with an answer take it up the chain of command. 
What I find most amusing is that the watchwords and catch phrases of my youth have come full circle and make as much sense now as they did then: assume nothing, ask questions, take notes, question authority, be a squeaky wheel and persevere. Who knew?