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  1. I came across this article today: http://religionnews.com/2017/06/21/how-religious-literacy-can-save-lives/ that was written by Aamir Hussain, a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. In his article, he talks about the need for both patients and doctors to openly communicate their beliefs and goals when it comes to medical procedures. Here are a few pithy points that stood out to me. How religious literacy can save lives By Aamir Hussain Health care providers should be aware of their patient’s cultural practices and be able to suggest options for maintaining medication compliance without transgressing the person’s faith. Failure to acknowledge how faith impacts medical care can lead to challenges and even life-threatening situations. During my surgery rotation, I learned of a team that was preparing to perform a simple gallbladder operation. As the team wheeled the patient into the operating room, the patient mentioned that she was a Jehovah’s Witness and would not consent to blood transfusions. Although the operation was straightforward and would likely not require any blood products, the team decided to delay the surgery to implement Cell Saver, a machine developed with the input of Jehovah’s Witnesses that collects and sterilizes patients’ own blood and delivers it back to them, if needed. For patients, it’s helpful to volunteer the subject during routine doctor visits. Constructive conversations about religion and health are often a two-way street, and both parties should take care to respect the beliefs of the other. The main pitfall of increased religious literacy among health providers is generalization. Not all people keep the same faith practices. Therefore, health care providers must strike a balance between understanding religious diversity and respecting patients’ individual preferences.
  2. Two years ago I wrote a little about my grandson, at 16 years, had heart failure, of some sort. They are still not sure what actually happened. It began to "misfire" and stop. They were in La Joya California at a hotel. Quick action on the part of another client and two of the hotel employees, manager and owner, who did CPR until paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later, was enough to help save him. When they applied shock treatment his heart began to beat again. Because he had died for a few minutes he has some damage, physically mostly. He was in a coma several days, they implanted a defibrillator. After 3 months he was able to come home. He still struggles physically, but has had an incredible attitude about it. Someone for the show The Doctors researching found Alex's story and contacted my daughter to ask more questions and invited them to interview. They also had a Neurologist in LA examine him before which highlighted some physical issues that was now causing him pain, fatigue and problems. So that was really good, as he can now work on that. We found out recently that they are going to air the show December 17th. I thought it may interest some, if you have access to watch at show, CBS, The Doctors. I believe on the west coast, California it shows around 2/2:30. Each segment isn't really long, about 15 minutes, but is interesting. I think they are focusing more on knowing and learning CPR and being willing to help in an emergency. Alex would have died, completely, if they hadn't done that. Something had gotten through with their diligence, enough so that when the paramedics applied shock, it began to beat again. Alex is doing much better. He had been Reg Aux for several years and began Reg pioneering in September. He was also made a Ministerial Servant in September. Of course none of that is highlighted on The Doctors show. I haven't seen it yet. One sister here teased that they held it off for their feel good Christmas Special...yikes! I wouldn't doubt it, it took a while for it to air.

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