10 Medical Questions To Ponder – I Think

1. Why isn’t there a National CareGiver’s Appreciation Day?

2. Why isn’t there a day devoted to remembering friends and loved ones who have left us?

3. Why do we (the USA as a culture) shy away from the ill, the frail, and elderly, when they need the assistance the most?

4. Why don’t we educate students in high schools, colleges, or even younger kids with classes on illnesses and illness sensitivity training?

5. Don’t the ill and disabled have even more to teach than the healthy person, because they live with an even greater challenge than those of us living with a fully functional body?

6. Shouldn’t caregivers and carepartners receive a stipend or tax break for all that they do to take care of their loved ones plus keep them out of hospitals and nursing homes?

7. Why can’t we have a more progressive healthcare and insurance system that rewards proper nutrition and self-care with lower doctor bills and reduced insurance rates?

8. When are doctors going to come around and finally embrace complimentary therapies instead of the old cliché response, “Well, you can do it as long it doesn’t do any harm, I suppose.”?

9. Are we ever going to hear a doctor admit that he/she was ever wrong or made a mistake?

10. When is the medical community going to stop treating people with illnesses as someone who is incapable of making choices or knowledge of their own condition? Who is more knowledgeable of  illness, the person living with it on a daily basis, or the doctor trying to treat and maybe even cure it?

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About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, visit his blog at www.asoftvoice.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on March 28, 2011, in Education & Support, Health, Media & Trends, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, Politics, Reiki, support groups and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Excellent topic, Karl! I’m certainly in favor of family carepartner/caregiver reimbursement/tax breaks/compensation. There have been many, many introductions of legislation to address this issue in Congress but it has not had much success. I’m afraid our legislators are not very interested in this issue since there are has been no campaign or legislative champion for this cause. As baby boomers are aging, I’m afraid that this issue will get more reactive attention vs. proactive attention. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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