One woman’s list of excuses to delay seeking help for her cardiac symptoms: “I wasn’t one to complain (probably just a bit of stress, maybe a chest infection, maybe the flu, over-exertion physically, busy, tired and achy – insert excuse here_____!)”
Third in the series of ‘Dear Carolyn’ posts, today’s focuses on something that all patients long for during recovery: resilience in the face of a medical crisis.
Kathleen arrived in the ER with pain in her chest, arms and back. The ER physician told her that her EKG was normal, in a tone that suggested she was “wasting his time.” It took two hours before he finally ordered cardiac enzyme blood tests. Amazingly, her hubby also had a heart attack one week later. But his treatment in the same hospital, for the same procedure, was significantly different.
“I now feel like the ground I am on is a little firmer.” I love reading stories like Debbie’s. Although it took five weeks for her to get an appropriate cardiac diagnosis, she managed to survive a massive heart attack and then went on to make some major improvements in her day-to-day life.
I now believe that unless more of you who actually know what you’re talking about step forward to help balance the onslaught of rampant bafflegab, health misinformation that goes viral will become the rule, not the regrettable exception…
Cleveland Clinic dietitians tell us that we should NEVER eat a pretzel because it’s a “nutrient zero.” Of course, it’s a nutrient zero. It’s a PRETZEL! Nobody pops a pretzel hoping to fulfill their daily nutrient requirement of protein.