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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information” Thanks in advance for your support!

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I had the opportunity to meet one of my all time favorite singers…Pastor Wintley Phipps! It was AMAZING! It was a small reception, so listening to his “unfiltered” voice was even more incredible in person.

In addition to being an awesome soloist, Pastor Wintley Phipps is the founder and President of the US Dream Academy. The U.S. Dream Academy is helping our nation’s children reach for their dreams. Through academic, social, and values enrichment, they empower those children most at risk of incarceration to believe in themselves and to succeed. Many of these children have been left behind in their schoolwork and Pastor Phipps and this organization are making a difference! Visit their site at http://www.usdreamacademy.org and thanks in advance for your support of this very worthwhile project … for our children…for our future!

Never heard Pastor Phipps sing … listen in and enjoy!

Are you a singer?

Have you ever wonder what cause the difference in voices?

Do you know how the voice box works?

No problem…Watch the videos below to learn more.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information” Thanks in advance for your support!

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It is ok to “Question” your Doctor!

talking w doctorRemember, you are your own advocate and you have the right to understand (everything) your doctor is recommending… please ask!

Some may argue that there is a difference between “asking questions” vs “questioning” your doctor. Others may say it is just symantics and/or different levels of the same thing. Uncertain if either case is right, but a slight difference between “Asking Questions” and “Questioning” your physician, may exist. While few Docs may be offended by the latter, do not let that deter you … just keep on asking. However, as it is in any situation, being respectful and pleasant also helps! I will attempt to differentiate here;

# 1 – Asking Questions: This would imply that you have some (assumed) knowledge of what is about to happen and is seeking clarification. (Please do not try to “fake” your way through. If the Doc thinks that you have the basic understanding, s/he will most likely speak with you at more advance level…see #2)

  • Well, I understand that there is a nodule in my lung and you have to biopsy it, but what kind of biopsy will you be doing?
  • This is the first time being told that I am diabetic. Why do I have to begin with Insulin?
  • I do not like the idea of taking medication for High Blood Pressure. How long will I have to stay on it? What is the plan to discontinue this medication?

Talk doctor#2 – Questioning your Doc: This would imply that you are not familiar with the diagnosis and you are uncertain of “WHAT” questions you should even ask. This is quite common and you are NOT alone. Start communication on a conversation level with just the basics. Be honest. You have a right to know AND understand what is going on with your body and the recommendations the Doctors are making! Here are a few basic simplified questions from the same examples/scenarios as above;

  • A nodule in my lung? What is a nodule? Is it cancerous? What is a biopsy? Will the biopsy hurt?  I do not understand – What do you mean “a biopsy is a procedure?” What is the difference between a procedure vs a surgery? Will I need to take time off from work?
  • What is Diabetes? Is that the same thing referred to as “sugar”? What is insulin? Can I take it in a pill form? You know Doc, I truly did not understand the differences between type 1 and 2. If I have to take Insulin, do I have Diabetes type 1 or type 2? I do not really feel ill or feel anything, so why should I have to take the medication?
  • What is high blood pressure? Why would I want low blood pressure, I thought that would make me feint? Why do I have to take medication? I do not like taking medications, is there something else I can do to treat this high blood pressure? What if I miss a pill, do I double up or just take the next pill? Should I take it at night or during the day?

Confession – I may speak the “Doctor language” very well but I am definitely, unapologetically in the 2nd category when I am dealing my mechanics about my car, construction workers about a building, lawyers, etc.,  I am admittedly behind the curve ball…and  I have no shame when it comes to asking even the most basic of questions.

In the past, I had to say (quite nicely of course) … “I am sorry. Please help me to understand why I came to do a routine, on schedule, oil change (for my car), but there are 3 other things that I MUST do today? What does the transmission do anyway? Where is the windshield washer fluid? I was trying to give someone a “jump” the other day … but the battery is not under the hood of the truck? (turns out it was in the back … who knew??)

(*wink* smiling sheepishly)

Trust me, no one knows everything! AND KNOW, there is no such thing as a silly or stupid question! Especially when it comes to your health! Ask on…

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information” Thanks in advance for your support!

It is patients joke of us Docs (in certain Demographic) that “Motrin/Ibuprofen” is prescribed for everything! Some even joke that it is the prescribed drug of choice if you lose a finger and that it is even used for Anesthesia during surgical procedures! (of course, this is not true! Trust me, you would quickly find that out!:)

But imagine with me, for just a moment that “HOPE” is a prescribed drug of choice; a drug of choice that is abused? I ask you to consider “HOPE” as a form of treatment for any ailment or issue at hand.  This does not require a physician, it does not require a trip to the pharmacy, no pills, no needles, cannot smoke it … and there is actually no financial cost associated with it. What it does require, is a chain of positive thoughts … even in the most grim of situations. It puts YOU in control of your feelings (as fickle as it can be). This is not a form of “lying to oneself” … not at all. Instead, it is a choice. A choice to observe the options available…and choose the most favorable one…HOPE

I read where a challenge was given to remove negative words from one’s vocabulary. Words such as “I can’t…” and say instead, “I will try…” Remove the word “problem” and use words such as “issue”, or “project”, or “challenges” instead.  Try it.  Difficulty at work? “My Boss presents some unique challenges, but like any other project, I am working at it!” This approach IS actually good for your health!

Serenity Prayer

Serenity Prayer

This approach can be a tough one in the Oncology (cancer) field of practice. Whenever I am asked,

“Doc, how long do I have to live?”

I often reply;

“Honestly. I do not know. If I get hit by a bus today you will outlive me (I usually get a smile with that one).  Think about how you would like to spend your remaining time with your family…showing appreciation…showering them with affection and love…be it for 6 wks, 6mths, or 6years. Can you do that for me?”

If it is that they leave this life in 3wks … then they would have lived life to the fullest and they were none the wiser… as they drifted off to sleep…only to awake in The Father’s loving arms.

Whatever your situation may be today … be it health challenges, work related issues, family disruptions, or myriad of other things that pulls at you from all directions. Encourage yourself.

Take a moment…

take a deep breath…

Repeat the “Serenity Prayer” out loud …

…and then watch the video instructions on HOPE below…from Talia…

This is my Prescription … written just for you.

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On 16 JUL 2013…Talia passed away. She was 13yo…

Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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