We had a family birthday party this morning. I’m reflecting on the tragedies we’ve weathered, the illnesses we’ve endured, the fun we’ve had as our kids grew up. Now our kids are parents with grandsons learning to value and trust family while testing boundaries and making decisions about their environment and relationships. Talking now with my wife, highlighted that all our kids knew was trust and that we took action in the face of tragedy or setback. Our kids parents didn’t die young, no one was assaulted or abused, they didn’t go hungry. We rallied in the face of challenges – death of loved ones, losing a job, no money. When our son, Mike, received a terminal diagnosis, we took action, consciously putting one foot in front of the other and finding things for others who cared to do. It helps to be busy. After Mike died we tried to adopt a teenager. It never worked out, but these young people clearly didn’t trust, didn’t have solid boundaries, and weren’t able to make choices in their lives. A feature of the adoption program we used was that the teens would be making their own decisions about adoption. The one young lady we would have adopted decided not to be adopted by us. Big step for her. Sad for us. Trust and self-determination: magic levers of best health.
Get New Posts via Email
Subscribe to my YouTube channel:
Search This Site
Data chronic illness CMS mobility safety EMR Just-in-Time decisions palliative care Best health habits decision-making Seat at the Table Behavioral Health health literacy culture innovation Outcomes leadership PCORI grief sax music ePatient caregivers magic lever research resilience Blue Button open source mindfulness patient engagement evidence threshold listening revolution Failure portal Simplicity questions superpower transitions GMMDD. data Care Partner PHR technology pain management trust personal goals Mentoring health partners apps Rest improv Exercise adherence care planning goals Quality Measures Recovery relationships Community Health lived experience fear end-of-life learning stress community interoperability cost self-care Advocates coaching EHR Pain wheelchair engagement informed decision-making Medical Record medication reconciliation Surveys caregiving advocacy N of One shared decision making Activism storytelling Pay for value health team adoption Politics Communication balance People at the Center of Care Determinants of Health chronic pain policy MS CDS consent multiple sclerosis