Thursday’s Thought: Change is hard Day 11

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Change is hard. We are comfortable with familiarity. Why fix it if it’s not broken? Why fix it if it still works? It doesn’t matter if it’s slow, inconsistent, and makes too many errors.

That’s healthcare today in America. It’s broken, but because the wheels keep turning, there is no infrastructure or reform bill.

Disabilities due to medical errors are leading causes of mortality and morbidity. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States of America. The ripple effect of medical errors leading to health disabilities changes a patient’s life forever.

Without health, you have nothing. A painful lesson I learned after the head injury. My dreams collapsed, and so did my world.
The change occurred so abruptly and rapidly. I didn’t have time to prepare. Life was good, and then it sucked. I kept spinning my wheels, trying to do the same things with a different mind and body.

Affirmations and quotes helped me heal. “If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.” I repeatedly hit a brick wall until I embraced change and removed the mindset that weighed me down. I am not my past. I am who I choose to become.

In Massachusetts, disparities will worsen until the system aligns itself with the principle of ‘do no harm’ regardless of race, creed, or gender. Imagine the cost savings, billions of dollars, and the improved quality of life if healthcare was designed to improve health rather than make money.

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  • Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

12 thoughts on “Thursday’s Thought: Change is hard Day 11

  1. I just ended an email to a hospital by stating “First: do no harm…is the basis for my expectations for patient care.” before I read this. The exploitation of disabilities themselves by the caregivers entrusted to care for them has me in tears this morning. And how rapid the decline, even when you think you know what’s coming …no words. Only tears. My life should not be theirs to take. That’s not consent, it’s something closer to murder. And here I thought the gaslighting was bad…..MA reminds me, I don’t get a vote. Change needs to happen in this country…yesterday. This is a P& L statement with human life (mothers, siblings, cousins, friends, grandparents, children, etc) as one column. Where, I ask, is the outrage?

    1. Hi Deanna. There is no outrage. Most people don’t know the difference between good and bad healthcare. And the lawyers are no longer chasing cases, at least not from people who look like me. However, some of the most incompetent doctors have the unwavering loyalty of their patients. “My life should not be theirs to take.” What happened?

  2. What happened : as the headline of Boston.com reads today :

    “I realized if I stayed in the shelter any longer, it was going to kill me.”

    It is.

    Atop the intentional attempts from staff in these places.

    I’m tired of being target practice. It’s wrong.

    It’s illegal.

    It’s criminal.

      1. When CITY LEADERSHIP also doesn’t want them there… and further, recommends the hellholes of discrimination transitional housing rife with abuse as a solution ….and further, when special courts are being used to jail and involuntary commit and detain individuals unwilling to go into shelter at a facility with a know covid outbreak and in city jails with open abuse investigations and at places ICE has used to detain people ……I’ll stop. UNFRIGGINBELIEVABLE much, MA?! #noshame smdh Those special courts are where I come from and they have been the subject of 2019 ProPublica investigations as I recall , to boot.

        1. The corruption is all over Massachusetts. The state government is an organized crime unit, much worse than I imagine the mob. The mob, you know, is dirty, but you expect the government to serve the people instead of their pockets.

          1. One in the same, if you ask me. White Male Privilege olympians…with the addition of other special interest groups that I won’t mention …. where I also wouldn’t fit if I wanted to …and I’d never want to. I may be old school, but character is something I believe matters….even when it’s not valued. IJS On that note, I couldn’t be more ill-placed in this region.

        1. Sad. I recall proposing a Do Your Job campaign for Boston that was not well received. There is no oversight, and people who work at MCAD could give a shit about discrimination. My experience with them is a story in itself.

          1. If only social services employees were compensated on commission for actual performance….I mean, I realize many would be out of a job then, but I’ve also BEEN out of social services …so

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