This week Dr. Hamilton was a guest blogger on RadioMD with a piece called, "Is There a Doctor in the House?" Read the entire blog here. .......It is too easy in this day and age to cut the patient up into pieces, both bureaucratically and by organ system.....
We all know it’s better to prevent an illness than treat it, but there are times we may need to be admitted to the hospital for a serious illness or surgery. We also need to be aware that our healthcare system itself is a substantial risk to our wellbeing because it is so prone to “medical adverse events” (MAEs). This MAE designation is medicalese for what, in any other business, would be grouped under the headings of complications or mistakes. [...]
1. Reach Out For Help You’re never alone. Illness—especially a potentially terminal or fatal illness—can isolate a human being terribly. Loneliness produces profound reductions in the ability of our immune systems to fight back. When we are ill, we need to reach out to the people who lend us strength. Very often this comes from sources we never knew existed. Having people pray for you or with you is often an important vehicle for helping to harness the loving energy [...]
Every patient has the right to ask any and all questions. And the questions can be plenty stupid. Usually, the “stupid” ones are the best ones. A disturbing number of patients report they never felt they were given time to ask all their questions of their doctor. I hear the patients say: “Well, he seemed to be in a real hurry. I didn’t want to bother him.” Or “I just felt my questions were silly. I was so anxious about [...]
What is the problem with hospital food? You’re in the hospital, you’re sick, you’ve been given a thousand different medications that make you nauseous and rob you of your appetite. Everyone’s telling that you need nourishment to heal. What does the hospital do? They figure out a way to create the most bland, tasteless, unappealing, over-cooked food the world has ever seen. Then, just in case, you might be tempted to eat it, they leave it out long enough so [...]
As a brain surgeon specializing in tumors, I have known a lot of cancer patients. They are some of the wisest people I have ever met. Here’s my list of the top ten things my cancer patients try to pass on to patients who are in the early phase of struggling with the disease, to help them “over the hump.” There are no genes like no genes. Cancer is a disease caused by mutated genes that allow cells to grow [...]