by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ April 14, 2019
Have you ever walked up to a big door and pulled when you should have pushed? Have you done this despite the sign on the door telling you specifically how it works? Have you even pulled repeatedly on the same door when it won’t open? I sure have. . .
Dr. Terry Fairbanks tells this story of some door-watching he did at his local bagel shop while he sat at a table waiting for his wife.
“I watched person after person pulling on the shop door despite the PUSH sign. But if this were healthcare, we’d put a policy in place, make a policy binder, and put it on the nurses’ shelf!
“But it’s not about policy, it’s about changing the door!”
Continue reading “The science of safety – and your local hospital”
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ December 30, 2018
This year, a “Best Of” list with a twist. Usually my behind-the-scenes WordPress stats page tracks total views so far for each article I write. That kind of all-time list, however, simply favours the oldest articles, most of which have the advantage of attracting readers over and over, year after year ever since I launched Heart Sisters back in 2009. So this year, here are your Top 10 most-read of the dozens of articles I wrote in 2018: Continue reading “The 2018 Heart Sisters blog posts you liked best”
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ October 21, 2018
It all started with a little post on Twitter by San Francisco OB-GYN Dr. Jen Gunter, urging this call to action:
I was hooked when I read an early response from a pediatrician, who (on top of everything else a pediatrician might feel self-confident about) mentioned that she does the New York Times crossword IN PEN. Now, that is true confidence, my heart sisters. . .
I decided to bite, tossing aside all that ‘aw shucks’ false modesty that women are so often socialized to embrace. Here’s how I responded about myself:
Continue reading “Appropriately confident: what are YOU really good at?”
A big “Thank You” to Robyn Unwin Media and her enthusiastic film students who interviewed me about my misdiagnosed heart attack – and women’s heart disease in general – and particularly for asking important questions like What Needs To Change? The crew then turned my answers into this short film, a project that was written, shot and edited by students of the Film Industry Training and Skills course offered by the S.T.A.R.T.E. program and Beacon Community Services here in Victoria, BC.
Well done film students, and special thanks to Rob… ♥
(P.S. Love that cool Heart Sisters animation the crew came up with!)
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ August 12, 2018
My blogging friend Nancy Stordahl, author of several books about breast cancer, including (best title ever!) “Cancer is Not a Gift and it Didn’t Make Me a Better Person”, as well as the excellent breast cancer blog Nancy’s Point, sent me a little nudge this week. Perfect timing for an invitation to participate in her 4th Annual Summer Blogging Challenge. It’s hot outside, I’m cranky, I’ve attempted writing half a dozen blog posts this week yet abandoned all of them – maybe Nancy’s challenge will help me feel unstuck.
Her invitation: just answer the following 12 questions about being a blogger (or about the blogs you enjoy reading). Feel free to accept her challenge yourself. Continue reading “The 2018 Summer Blogging Challenge”