Patient Empowerment

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True caring should involve not just the transactional handing over of a prescription, but it should also engage the person inside the patient by looking within them to intuitively discern what must be done.

Quiet Desperation

I have discovered that you can learn lot about people by observing them when they are discussing their health. For example in my office I often see patients going over their long list of medications with an expression of “quiet desperation” on their faces. 

patient empowermentTheir body language implies that they have accepted that they need to take those medications for the rest of their lives because they are powerless to change their situation.

Their postures and gestures say that they have resigned themselves to the fact that there isn’t another option except that of being on the endless road of receiving care.

I frequently wonder if some of those patients just want to be cared for and following their physician’s orders by taking their medications gives them a level of comfort that someone cares about them.

Hollering Hope

 

If you are in this state of pure “quiet desperation” I suggest that you stop being silent about your situation.

This is due to the fact that “quiet desperation” is often a part of a vicious cycle because if you remain quiet and do not confront your fears, the fears trap you, take over and win.

It is however a lot harder to confront your fears than to accept them, but it is more rewarding.

patient empowermentI therefore propose that you stop silently accepting what is not at its best and start making some noise. Not in the literal sense, but within you.

Shake up your inside and shout to your subconscious saying, “I’ve had enough!”

Combine this with affirming yourself by saying, “I can find the answers to my problems!”, “I believe in myself” and “I know I will find the authentic answers I need!

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