2seaoat wrote:mindful is good. It is essential to be aware of all the factors and not take any thing for granted, including and not limited to medical options outlined by a doctor. You have to become an advocate and make sure that any procedure can first be justified by an understanding of where the patient is.........I do not want to give the impression that I am very skeptical of what doctors say to me, but they all know that I will question, and I make it clear that for me to give an informed consent to treatment, I need to understand where my body is now, what options help, and what are the risks. Sometimes I have found that doctors do needless procedures and tests without fully explaining the purpose, and the goal. So mindful is a very good state of being, because one does not have to be cynical or negative to be aware, and demand that all who are treating the patient can verbalize their reason and logic for the course of treatment.
Luckily, this isn't my first rodeo, Seaoat. And, as I'm sure you know, I'm a natural skeptic. I did this for 4 years with my MIL, through surgeries, and I was her advocate, seeing the doctors with her. Same with my husband, through his 2 angioplasties. This is the same team that did his 2nd stent in 2016...and it doesn't hurt that my daughter is a nurse at another hospital and specializes in cardiac recovery. I know there are risks, but at this point the risk is outweighed by the necessity. Did I mention stubborn?
And I was actually using the word "mindfulness" in the meditative sense...not allowing oneself to be overcome by emotions and negative thoughts. I'm sure you're expert at this, as is Mrs. Seaoat.
Yes, Linda...I'm right there with you. And I hope and pray for the best outcome for your husband, too...in fact, I pray for everyone here who's dealing with health issues. I'm doing it right now...