- Always educate yourself. None of us come trained as parents. We don’t always know how to bring up a child well but we can learn. Read books, learn to google information well, talk to your doctor, talk to those who know, listen to those who advice you and learn to apply your knowledge where and when needed.
- Don’t be blind to negligence. If you feel like someone isn’t ‘caring’ enough about what you say or what you do or giving you the right treatment then, tell them so. Find that ‘someone’ who will listen, who will hear you out. Who will give that ‘right treatment’.
- Never forgive negligence. It isn’t enough to tell the person that he or she is not performing their duty well. Tell the authority over them. Punish them. I know how hard I sound but being forgiving may take someone’s life the next time they make a mistake.
- Never ignore your gut feeling. If you think something is wrong, it probably is. Don’t wait around to see yourself proven wrong.
- Please remove your rose tinted glasses. A bigger hospital and a doctor with more letters in front of his name does not guarantee health. No, it isn’t enough if you have medical insurance either. Bigger hospitals don’t necessarily give better treatment. Infact, they are better at covering up their negligence and avoiding law suits. If you have insurance, some hospitals will misuse it. Doctors with special degrees will only consider ailments in their area of specialization. Polyclinics, private doctors and smaller hospitals provide good services too.
- When you have an emergency go to ER . But, always remember that the ER is the ER and they provide emergency treatment only. You must go see a specialist or consultant later until you are fully cured.
- A doctor is either a specialist or a consultant. Specialist don’t have a right to admit patients in most hospitals. They cannot over look an in-patient. If, for some reason, you need to be admitted or you need a surgery, you will need to see a consultant. It is always better to find your consultant yourself than to wait for someone to assign one for you.
- Doctors, nurses and care givers: Please do your duty. When a patient comes to you, treat them well. It is because they are in pain or sick and are really in need of your service. It may be nothing more than a cold but if someone is sick, they are sick. Tell them what is ailing them, tell them how to get well. Talk to them. They did not come to you to be given a tablet and a syrup and shooed away.
- Doctors, nurses and hospitals: Turn off your mobile phones when attending a patient. Need I say more?
If you are a mom or a dad or a grandparent or if you have niece and nephews or friends who have kids or if you care about children, pass this message on.