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- Rebecca Hauder

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Practice Patience

Practice Patience

September 25, 2019

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you’re waiting.” ~Joyce Meyer

 As a caregiver, most likely one responsibility you have is relating to doctors offices, hospitals, and insurance companies on behalf of your patient or loved one. This part of your role is often emotionally taxing.

Recently, I sat on hold, for what seemed like 30 minutes, after dialing a doctor’s office listening to canned music, interrupted by a reminder that someone would be with me shortly; that calls were answered in the order they were received. Eventually, when my call was answered, I was asked my name, birthdate, and the reason for my call. When I asked to speak to my doctor’s nurse, I was told that “The nurse is was with a patient and will need to call you back.” “Any idea when that that will be?” I asked. “No, it just depends on when she will have a free moment,” she responded. The vagueness for an approximate call back time kept me on edge the rest of the day. I even carried my phone into the bathroom, so as not to miss a call.

 Whether managing your own medical needs or those for whom you care, navigating the medical system can be incredibly stressful! Today I acknowledge your important role, and wish for you patience and perseverance, because that’s often what it takes. And while you patiently wait, try not to miss out on the opportunities this day presents--an important reminder for myself as well!

 Warm Regards, Rebecca

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