March 13, 2011
I completely forgot to submit my blog entry for last week. I actually wrote it. Just never actually posted it. Flighty moment. Anyway, here it is. Enjoy.
This past week (March 6th – March 12th) was National Patient Safety Week.
This year's theme, "Are you in?" is all about committing to safe health care.
Are you INvolved in your health care?
Speak up if you have a question
Here are three questions you can ask to make sure you are an active participant in your care.
· What is my main problem?
· What do I need to do?
· Why is it important for me to do this?
Are you INformed about your health care?
Research shows that people who understand their treatment program get better results.
Are you INvested in being healthy?
It is important to be an active participant in your health care so that you can properly take care of yourself. Know when things aren't right and can get them fixed before it is too late. You are the best person to know what your body is or isn't doing so you have to take part in your care. Get serious and get IN?
March 8th is International Women’s Day.
And I am just returning from a long weekend in Alabama for the annual celebration of the Selma to Montgomery walk somy mind is swimming with lots of thoughts of celebration, accomplishments, and struggles. One of the theme for this year's event was education, along with growing rights of women. We are so blessed to be part America where our battles are still important but on a different level. We have decent healthy care, the right to vote and speak up for ourselves. I think I read that Marci, one of our speakers last year, went to DC to support the health care stuff that went on this week. I tuned in one day and saw one of the executives of the American Diabetes Association promoting the need for more involvement from the government and support in fighting this disease. It is interesting to think of the different things that we as women face and how far we have come. I can relate to many different struggles as I am a double minority. A black female. So those that came before me in my ancestry struggled in so many areas. Both of these events caused me to stop and think, what am I standing up for? Am I just a passive observer? I have a few things to think about. I am not quite IN yet but I am getting better.