I am a true believer that information is power. It’s good to know, to learn as much about things as possible. It’s even better to share your knowledge with others. Part of the goal of this blog is to share what I have learned about the heart transplant process with others.
There are times when I think it’s proper to withhold information, because it might hurt someone emotionally, or might cause undue stress or pain.
There is one time that you should NEVER withhold information, and that’s when speaking with your medical team. I’m not only talking about us heart transplant patients that know we have to tell all to help our teams keep us alive. I’m talking about the masses of people who don’t tell their doctors EVERYTHING that’s going on with them.
Recently, someone close to My2ndHeartBeat was hospitalized. Of course the nursing staff asked ALL of the medical and family history questions that are the normal protocol. Later, I learned that this person “forgot” to mention issues with COPD and a recent ABNORMAL EKG ……. I have learned a lot while going through my heart transplant, and then volunteering at my transplant center. The stories I’ve heard would curl your toes.
When it comes to your health, ignorance is NOT bliss, it could be deadly. The wrong medication could be administered, or maybe your heart isn’t healthy enough to withstand surgery. There are endless possibilities of things that could go wrong.
So, when I stopped by the hospital to see this person at the hospital, I inquired about these “oversights” ……. and then said I was NOT leaving until a nurse was called and a total confession was made ….. and that lead to a cardiologist being called in and medication changes.
Information is power …… it can help save your life. Tell your Doctors and medical teams EVERYTHING!!!