Today I’m thankful for the numerous doctors, nurses, and administrative staff that have been part of Aidan’s team. We’ve had mostly great experiences and I’ve heard enough horrible stories to know that we’re very lucky.
So, Dr. Morrison is not part of Aidan’s medical team but he is part of Team Aidan as a Powerthirster.
Ok, so I realize this is a PR clip but I’m going to trust the sincerity of it. Here’s what I love that he says. He calls himself the navigator of the ship and credits the patient as captain. I remember the first few years of Aidan’s life, feeling very much overwhelmed with medical information and falling into the trap of “doctor knows best.” Here’s the thing – medical professionals have information and experience we as patients don’t. As a navigator, it’s their job to communicate that information so we can make informed decisions. As captains sometimes that means we say no thank-you to this drug, or we’re not ready for that surgery, or what else could we try first, or secretly turning down your child’s O2 levels in the hospital (some of us captains are maybe a little reckless). Dr. Morrison clearly tries to personalize his patient time, communicate effectively, and partner with his patients because he know their health depends on it and that makes him a better doctor.
Let’s face it. It’s exhausting being an informed consumer of medical care and it would be easier to just let the doctor be captain. However, the right doctor/patient relationship can make all the difference. I’ve so appreciated Aidan’s doctors who have not talked down to me, really hashed out all kinds of questions and options with me, believed my observations, and respected my decisions. I’m thankful for the medical professionals who choose to be navigators.