You haven’t seen a lot of blog posts from me lately because my mother, diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer, has been hospitalized since the day after Christmas. NOTE: if you are a smoker, quit NOW; lung cancer is not worth it.
The first week she was hospitalized at the Brownsville Doctors’ Hospital in
She’s received an exceptional care at both hospitals although I’ve already blogged about an issue relating to the lack of bendable straws.
In thinking about the care she’s received at both places, it occurs to me that there are some traits they exhibit that we would do well to copy in other professions.
Competent. Everyone my family and I interacted with knew what they were doing and were skilled at doing it. From the doctors to the staff who cleaned the rooms.
Compassionate. They cared about my mother and were interested in us as well. I’ve been a patient in other hospitals where the nursing staff acted as if patients were a problem, not their reason for being there. Staff at both hospitals are concerned about my mother and exhibit it by listening and providing explanations as to why things are or are not done a certain way.
Confident. There is no doubt. “We’re going to get your mom better so that she can go home.” That’s the message their attitudes convey.
Clean. I wish my home could stay as clean as these two hospitals. You can tell they put an effort into infection control by their actions.
My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer after decades of smoking. Her nonsmoker parents both lived into their nineties. She won’t come anywhere close to that. Like every other smoker I’ve met who has been diagnosed with cancer, she now regrets that she ever smoked at all. Cancer is not only destroying her life, it is devastating the life of her husband of 61 years. He now faces the prospect of life without her and I’m not sure he will be able to cope.
Think of the impact a tobacco related disease will have on your family.
Think of the years it will rob from you and your family. It is not worth it.
If you need assistance to quit, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
If you’ve just started, don’t be the tobacco companies’ puppet. Ignore their marketing. They’re trying to make money by getting you addicted to tobacco.
Yea, I do work for the American Cancer Society.