Cancer Recovery 5

Cancer is easier to tolerate if we have a good relationship with our health care team. I’m a health care worker so I’m very aware that most of us are normal human beings before we become our professions. We have good days and bad days, we get sick and tired, we make mistakes; but we care about our patients so we pull ourselves together, so we can do our best for the people we encounter on the job.

As a patient, we are responsible for 50% of the relationship between ourselves and any member of the health care team. It would be optimal if everyone acted in a polite, respectful way, but as I said before – we’re all human beings and that’s not always the way it goes. Often our emotions and egos get in the way, and things get skewed.

If you feel you haven’t been treated the way you would like, it’s up to you to politely say so and express your needs; health care professionals may not be able to read your mind so please speak up if your needs are not being met. As long as your requests are reasonable and realistic, you stand a good chance of being satisfied.  Please bear in mind that everyone is different and it’s often just a matter of good communication to sort things out.

If you would like to create a good working relationship with your health care team, here are a few things you could do:

– document on the calendar a few facts about your health such as pain levels, amount of sleep, and activity levels

– use a scale of 1 to 10 for each day so the facts are consistent

– take your medication as directed and note any changes you have made

– tell the truth to your health care team so they have a better idea of what is really going on

– go half way to create a relationship with your health care team, other patients, etc.

– use your best communication skills: write things down, make lists, etc.

– take someone else with you to appointments to help you keep track of the details

– love yourself enough to be pro-active about your health

I hope this helps.

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