twilight33: (D'OH)
Grandma's making great progress, she'll move out of the ICU to a regular room tomorrow morning. Par for course with the territory of having your sternum hacked open and heart prodded there are significant pain issues but she's doing better today with those today than yesterday. Hopefully that will continue.

I've set aside my normal laissez-faire approach with my inlaws (much to my husband's surprise) and been actively talking & researching for them. As horrible as this was to happen, it has 110% confirmed that I'm supposed to be in consumer health. High quality, unbiased, accurate and applicable (i.e. not full of medspeak) health information I'm finding and providing them that the clinicians aren't is making a real difference in their confidence and reducing fear.

I'm tired with that on top of my job, making sure my husband is ok with everything & taking care of Kieran more (husband's working some overtime with FY08 budget crap) plus two major deliverables for school (Monday & tonight). It's a 'yeah I'm making a difference for good' tired though. Either that or a 'my God this has been an insane month with OMGsnowcanIgetout?/Texas/school plans upheaval/family crisis in 7 days' tired. Both?
twilight33: (drunk librarian)
80% of Americans are looking for health information online, but 75% of those people aren't really bothering to see just where that information is coming from (brand spankin' new source).

Teh G00gle is not the answer to health questions by a long shot, the consumer health search ranking assignment I did for my health sciences class showed the blatant commercialization weighting there.

Everybody now: MedlinePlus. There's Healthline as a search engine, but in light of yesterday's Pew report their sponsored content information doesn't sit too well with me.

Thank you, drive through.
twilight33: (Dropem)
Got your attention?

If we lived in the (substantially healthier) Western European nations, we'd take the rest of the year off after today because our work would be done. Happy Take Back Your Time day. Truth be told, I am working European hours and have for some time with no regrets.

'cause we're busy, busy, shockingly busy, much much too busy for you!

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