Monthly Archives: May 2011

Life Lessons in Talking to Doctors

One of the hard parts of taking your mother in for surgery is the awkwardness of referring to her in the third person while she's sitting right next to you.
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Time to Ask Questions

When my mom fell on an icy ski run (a double black diamond as she recalls) the doctors in the emergency room told her she had a broken right shoulder. The following week, a doctor back home told her she’d also fractured her left clavicle. Not only that, the two pieces of her broken shoulder were moving apart instead of together. Welcome to the medical establishment, Barker family. Most surgeries are not emergencies, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This leaves most families time to ask questions before agreeing to a procedure. But when it's your own family member, it can be hard to know what to ask.
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