Protecting Yourself Against Medical Errors
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|Protecting Yourself Against Medical Errors|
February 23, 2011
Hospitals can be a place of blessings, hope, miracles, fear, and sadness. There are not many more places on Earth that harbor such a wide array of emotions as a hospital does. Due to many life events in my family I have spent a lot of time in hospitals. I can vividly recall, when I was 10 years old, the despair and cries from my family when the doctor announced that my young cousin most likely wouldn’t make it. At 13 years old, I spent days, hours, and months in a hospital with my family hoping everyday that my Aunt would recover from her accident. At 14 years old, my mom and I drove across the country to watch my Grandpa fight and eventually win the battle of esophageal cancer. At 16 years old, I slept on the floor all night in the hospital waiting for my mom to deliver my precious little brother. The list goes on and on.
In all of my time in hospitals, I think I have learned two extremely important lessons in life: First, life is a delicate and incredible gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted; and second, ALWAYS ask questions when it comes to you or a loved one that is facing a medical situation. Asking the right question has saved someone I love, and when you are dealing with your health, there really is no such thing as asking a stupid question.
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|Britney Kirsch |
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