Posts tagged ‘technology’

November 6, 2018

#555 – Medical Intake Forms


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Whenever I see a new health practitioner, I ask that the medical intake form be emailed to me so that I can print it off and complete it at home.

I do this for three reasons:

  1. I have a fairly detailed medical history and it’s easier to refer to my notes at home.
  2. Dependent on the length of time it takes to complete the form, ulnar deviation makes it difficult to write for any length of time.
  3. I do my utmost to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for my appointments. However, sometimes traffic, or some other unforeseen event, intervenes. If I’m running late (*quelle horreur!), I’ll at least have completed the intake form so that I’m ready to be whisked into the appointment. (Yes, it’s wishful thinking that all appointments start at the designated time.)

People who have a chronic illness such as RA, tend to have a very extensive health history. As a matter of course, the patient should be given the option of completing the form prior to the appointment. We have the technology, so let’s make use of it.

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February 28, 2013

#413 – Assistive Technology

Image courtesy of Gerard.

Image courtesy of Gerard.

Technology has literally, and figuratively, opened doors for us. Advances are changing the way in which we communicate, as well as how we move about in this world.

Those of us who have prosthetics have benefitted from technological advances. I once went to a Hip Hip Hooray fundraiser, where they had the first artificial hips on display. Talk about carrying extra weight. Those things looked more like parts that would fit into  a DC-3, rather than into a human body!

After reading this story in the paper – Artificial body parts take big strides, I’ve been giving lots of thought to how far I would be willing to go to restore myself to my natural self – the self before RA had its way with me. Would I be willing to remove my existing hand for an artificial one, like the one Bertoit Meyer is using? How far would you be willing to go?

You still have time to enter my giveaway for a leather wristlet, courtesy of Danier. This one is open to people with a Canadian mailing address. If your name is drawn, will you choose one in this bright colour? :)

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