The Patient’s Role in the Hospital

                How we interact with authorities without being a victim is an important lesson we all need to learn. I want to focus on the patient’s role in dealing with the hospital situation. I suggest that the patient strive to be in a super-conscious state of mind. It is difficult for a patient to agree or disagree with a diagnosis, but the patient can be extremely alert when a doctor says what they are going to do.

                One time, I was in a pre-surgery room getting prepped for trigeminal nerve (brain) surgery. I was in intense pain. The doctor was reviewing the surgical procedures before I was anesthetized. When he said the surgery would be on the nerve leading to the right side of my jaw, I immediately was alarmed. This was because the pain and nerve went to the left side of my jaw.  After the doctor checked, he said the right side was what was written on the report. He apologized and operated on the correct side. It showed how important patient participation is.

                It is easy to learn from this example, but no matter what you think the main solution is to be more conscious. In the hospital you become an equal partner with your doctor and in life you partner with authorities. They may know what happens to accomplish a goal, but your role is how conscious you are in what happens to you.

                The hospital is a place where a lot of frustration and anxiety meet professional care. It is a place where an incredible amount of information is passed. If we are not conscious we delegate responsibility to the authorities and act as a victim. Being more conscious not only prevents mistakes, being conscious makes the treatment more effective.  

                I think the main problem in dealing with authorities deals with trust. In health trusting your doctor is very essential to make a strong partnership, but trusting yourself is important also. Trust allows there to be confidence in your feedback. If you don’t trust internally your feedback is wishy-washy and you are not 100% there to participate as a conscious partner in healing. Even on a one dollar bill in America it says “In God we trust”, but for that to happen we need to trust the wisdom that perceives that. In other words we need to trust ourselves to perceive reality consciously. We need that trust to trust the doctor also.

                My personal health struggles were the research I needed to write about health issues. In my book, A Healthy Way to be Sick, I use the 33 years I have had MS to share what I learned along the way. This book can be found on Amazon/Kindle. The power summary is available HERE

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