Day 12 – National Blog Posting Month.
Being a doctor who is also a daughter has its privileges. I can navigate the system on behalf of my parents. I can advocate on their behalf and ask for tests and referrals. I can attend appointments and understand what is being discussed. I can find out results before they do.
It is fraught with disadvantage as well. With their permission, I am privy to tests results before they are. I understand what their diagnoses mean and if I don’t, I know trusted resources to educate myself. I understand in general terms what “illness trajectory” means. Specifically, I have seen what illness trajectories look like. I also know what the end may look like.
I am the one my family looks to for advice and comfort. I have to be strong and composed. I can’t let them see that I’m worried.