Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Alarming Facts

I have the latest issue of Consumer's Report magazine here before me. I have taken this magazine for decades and put a great deal of stock in their testing. They also have a great deal of influence in Congress. They have spearheaded much legislation over the years.

They report 440,000 hospital deaths occur each year due to preventable harm done by the hospitals. That seems to be an even more alarmable number than I thought They say it's the third leading cause of death in the USA.
Alarmable, isn't it?

The last time I saw him, I told my doctor not to expect me to come in every two months to "check in" with him. His reception room is full of sick people or they wouldn't be there.  I also told him I would avoid the hospital like the plague since hospitals are full of bacteria...much of it antibiotic resistant.  I've lost two friends due to hospital antibiotic resistant bacteria. I told him if I got sick, he would be the first person I would call but generally I would only come in to get my prescriptions refilled. 

Bob said he probably wrote on the top of my chart "difficult". But I am in charge of my own health care. I also told him that.

More later....


Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

ha ha BOB is pretty funny. And laughter is the best medicine. So I guess you'll stay out of the hospitals with no problem! :)
Have a happy new year! I am baking and cleaning...family dinner tomorrow ! :)

Betty said...

Good for you! I made it clear to my doctor early on that I was not going to come in on a regular basis just so he could "check" me. I said I would be happy to go to the lab as often as he deemed necessary, but that I would expect to be called with the results as long as there was no change. If he changes a medication, I would be happy to come in every month or two, until it is clear that the meds are working. At that point, he'll see me every six months, unless I think I need to see him. He has never complained, although he tries, every now and then, to get me to come back every three months. I just go ahead and make the appointment for six months hence. It's a game we play, now. He knows I'll come-a-runnin' if I get worried. So far, so good.

Balisha said...

Oh, Margie this is so true. As you know...my son was a victim just this year. They get people out of the hospital as soon as they can after surgery.Every invasive procedure..even a catheter is an opening for infection. Joe was there two days after hip replacement. It's harder for the caregiver at home, but well worth it as far as infection goes. Sometime soon,I'll tell about preventative measures his Dr took with him before he even went in the hosp. doors.
I hope you have a Happy New Year...and please tell Bob that I wish him the same. I feel like I know him.
Hugs, Balisha

Margie's Musings said...

I will. Balisha.

And thanks also to Betty and Deb for visiting and for your comments.