Because of my many trips to the hospital to visit family member or other loved ones, I started to think about my variety of stress levels I experienced upon making an entry or upon departing the hospital. One (1 ) being least stressful of visits, five (5) being most. My perspective is from being the primary caregiver of the hospitalized patient. General visitors are likely to be less stressed, except when they have first time entry into specialized units such as Burn Centers, Cancer Units, Pediatric NIC units.
I created The Hospital Visit Scale by Terry Prince 2016© to help visualize this.
I am calling myself a Covert Hidden Hero. Covert because end stage caretakers of military disabled veterans are not necessarily the ones at the onset of a military disability. From 2002 to 2013, I served as my father’s primary caregiver. My father was a WWII veteran who lost his leg at age 20 (as well as hearing ability in one ear) in military service in 1944 from a V2Rocket while in Belgium. He was British and in the RAF and deemed 80 percent disabled but was able to live a full life (marrying, pursuing a career in aerospace engineering, having 3 children, sailing and motorcycling). However in his late 70’s his medical care became much more complex when his meniscus in his only “real” leg tore and he had to have surgery. In his later years he had stage 4 kidney disease with dialysis for 2 years (likely caused by high use of over- the- counter pain medication for his osteoarthritis in his remaining leg and normal use of prescription medicine when he had phantom pains in his missing leg), neuropathy, steroid induced type II diabetes and heart issues. My father in his last 4 years of life had an annual average of 2 major hospital visits (all exceeding 1 week), with follow on transitional care in rehabilitation facilities and follow on skilled nursing either in home or in a facility. He had at least 12 doctors or specialist services (primary PPO Doctor, Cardiologist, Neurologist, Nephrologist(kidney) Pulmonary, Orthopedist, eye doctor, audiologist, dermatologist, US Veteran System Primary Doctor, Sleep Apnea Specialist, Wound Care Clinician, Anticoagulation Clinic) as well as many revolving hospitalists each time he was hospitalized.
Having experienced hospitalization exceeding 10 months of a loved one in many ways, in many different times and hospital settings, I feel confident that this scale reflects most of the instances of hospitalization. But I am open to suggestions, any thoughts out there?
Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered published written in 2014 is a quick and helpful read for all ages, Share Something Small Everyday is a simple yet wonderful concept explained and nicely diagramed in chapter 3. This concept is perfect for aspiring creatives and artists to understand and immediately begin the process. Share Something Small Everyday is also a great strategy for young high school S.T.E.M. students who want to start distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack
Open Up Your Cabinet of Curiosities , chapter 4 brings home the gem “Your influences are all worth sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you do – sometimes even more than your own work.” Kleon. In this regard, Austin believes you should always give credit where credit is due and don’t share what you can’t credit.
Learn to Take A Punch is a chapter about building resilience, something all creatives, leaders and visionaries need. I almost passed this by on the first glide by but realized the value upon preparing for this review.
This under 225 page book will take you no time to read, yet will provide some useful and practical insights for some parts of your own work or your client’s. The thing to remember about this book is that it is SHORT, therefore don’t expect too much. However, it’s the words and wisdom in this little book that will come in handy from time to time.
I have been thinking about words that describe and encompass positive end stage turning points in change and transition. Renew and Refresh are two words that come to mind.
Renew is to be restored to a former state; become new or as if new again.
Refresh means make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc. ).
Definitions from dictionary.com
Have you experienced either of these when clearing or phasing out of a transitional phase? Comments and thoughts welcome.
Hi, I am back. I’ve been on a sort of sabbatical the last six months due to extreme care-taking, settling an estate and dealing with the loss of a loved one.
It is great to be back and getting into the swing of things. While on my sabbatical I have managed to keep up my reading and researching. This year my reading goal is 75 books. For fun, I recently went to a 3-D Printing Workshop and found the process interesting and I definitely believe the availability and cost reduction of 3D Printers will start changing how we manufacture many things.
Professional I just re-certified in my profession getting my CPO-CD and Master Trainer status renewal from the ICD for another three years. I also completed my ICF coaching credential audit for full membership.