Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Speak Up--Whether it's a Doctor or a Cab Driver!

I thought this piece by Maureen Dowd was very sobering and very funny. We are so afraid to speak up sometimes that it costs us our lives:

When my brother went into the hospital with pneumonia, he quickly contracted four other infections in the intensive care unit.

Anguished, I asked a young doctor why this was happening. Wearing a white lab coat and blue tie, he did a show-and-tell. He leaned over Michael and let his tie brush my sedated brother’s hospital gown.

“It could be anything,” he said. “It could be my tie spreading germs.”

I was dumbfounded. “Then why do you wear a tie?” I asked. He shrugged and left for rounds.

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