Friday, September 12, 2014

What I'm Thinking About.

I once held an 18-carat natural, uncut, beautiful green emerald in my hand.  Jamie Hill found it in NC when I was a server at his mom's establishment.  I couldn't believe it!  How cool was that?  It really didn't look like much, but I could just see it in my mind how big and brilliant it would be when it was cut and polished.


Fast forward many years...  Most people when I told them what I did (oncology nurse) would give me "the look."  You know, the look that meant - Ugh, how could you do that - I could never do that - It would be too depressing.  I loved being an oncology nurse.  My patients were just people.  People with amazing lives who wanted to live and enjoy.  I loved seeing my patients for the amazing people they were, not their diagnosis or disfigurements.  I rarely saw that external stuff.

That brings me to Health Care Proxy (HCP) paperwork.  It is just one free piece of paper that takes approximately three minutes to fill out.  Paperwork that facilitates ease, simplicity, and empowerment during a time that could be overwhelming, scary and disheartening.  

When I talk about and sign HCP paperwork with people I am thinking about the moment it goes into effect and your health care proxy feels empowered. I have seen it over and over again, people standing up and saying, "I am their health care proxy."  Literally standing up knowing that they were given the information to do what their loved one would want.  It is such a beautiful experience.  It is such a gift you give to yourself and your loved ones.    When I sign a HCP with someone - that is what I am thinking about.

5 comments:

  1. Well said Nancy! , Erin

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  2. How does the Dr. Find out who I signed up to be my health care proxy? Also, wouldn't my family members automatically be contacted and given authority ?

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    1. Thank you for your questions. After you sign your Health Care Proxy bring it with you to your next doctor appointment, request that they keep a copy of file. Make sure you bring your original back home with you. If you are not able to speak for yourself medically, your family will be contacted if possible. There is a protocol of "who gets to speak for you." It could be your oldest child that you haven't spoken to in 20 years or your estranged spouse. Health professionals will have no idea who you have spoken with unless someone can bring them the Health Care Proxy form.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I will look into PDFfiller.

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