Ever feel like an aggressive driver? Chalk it up to years living in Los Angeles. In LA, if you don’t drive fast enough, if you don’t run the yellow, and if you don’t get out of the way you WILL get the bird from other drivers. Or dangerously cut off. So I prefer to think of myself as an assertive driver.
I also like to think of myself as an assertive person - especially when it comes to health. After years as a nurse and a patient, I’ve seen both sides of the curtain. As a nurse, I really need my clients' honesty so I can see the full picture. And as a patient, I really need my healthcare providers to answer my questions so I can make the best decisions for my health. This is where partnership comes in.
In my moments of weakness, I tell myself: To learn the answer you have to ask. To ask you have to speak. To speak to someone you got to get the damn doctor on the phone.