Monday, June 30, 2014

The Health Care system and the difference between Senior Citizens And Autistic individuals

I realize that anybody reading the title will be either wondering or find it offensive that I am making a comparison between senior citizens and Autistic individuals .

Well there is a lot of stigma and false ideas / Notions about Autism anyway but that would be then a bit of another discussion topic ( In my opinion ) .

Anyway , Before you start screaming me at me for being ignorant , Ableist or whatever else please just read and digest !

So believe it or not but there are similarities between Autistics and senior citizens !

Senior Citizens are very sensitive people due to their mentality ( Not all , But many) .

Senior Citizens are very sensitive meaning you should be patient with them , Be a good listener , Understanding and let them go at their pace .

They can have issues with their fine or general motor. Skills , Get quickly exhausted , Not be able to process information fast enough , Not be able to get dressed on their own or cannot drive , Be sensitive to touch and be panicky if you speak loud or yell at them . At the same time there are senior citizens who have a sharp mind , But have difficulties articulating themselves the way the society expects them to .

I think I could go on with the list , But I rather not .

I just want to point out that some Autistic individuals have similar issues .

I realized also just recently that there are hospitals that actually treat patients with respect , You just have to search for the said hospital .

Autism advocates are advocating for Autistic individuals to be treated with respect and dignity in the medical setting , But that seems to be a real issue although it should not meaning it should be obvious that patients are being treated with respect and dignity !

And I am sad to inform you that my experience is that Senior Citizens are also not being treated with respect and dignity and I am not sure what the right expression would be to describe what I think about that !

Disasterous or outrageous ? !

Senior Citizens are being as neglecting treated as Autistics and I have to say ; How can you expect to advocate for Autistics if some hospitals do not even care much about Senior Citizens ? !

I do not have anything else to say more at this point .

Thank you for reading .

Dusya .

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Doctors Nowadays And 40 years ago And the mentality of our society

I am not ware of what life is like nowadays in the entire U.S so I am not able to say " This is what is happening in the United States , But I do see a lot of what is happening in Massachusetts more specifically in Boston and I am assuming that what I see in Boston is also happening in the rest of Massachusetts .

40 years ago doctors were meant to be kind ( If possible ) and sympathetic and empathize and they were like that for 100's of years !

Even when I was a child in the 80's and early 90's doctors seemed to be compassionate and understanding and really concerned about the well being of a patient .

Nowadays though I am not only observing that the medical establishment acts like a fast food restaurant , But some doctors really do not care about ethics or how to communicate with a patient !

There are laws about health care proxies and how to communicate with a patient when you need to share bad news .

But apparently doctors have no idea about the above mentioned laws nor have they ever heard about communication and I am saying this because I see it with my own eyes !

It is beyond me for instance how a doctor can tell a patient straight up that the said patient is going to die and then expect that the patient will not get upset or have any emotion whatsoever about the mentioned news !

The reason that I do not understand this is probably because I do not understand The mentality of people in Massachusetts !

Or is it just Boston ? !

They have social workers and case managers to talk to family members and the patient themselves , But the social workers and and the case managers do not seem to be of much use because whatever the doctor does or sais seems to be the law !

I am wondering if it has something to do with how the hospital administration works . Maybe the hospital administration needs to be addressed and see if something can be changed or improved !

Thank you for reading .

Dusya .