Common Parlance

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What parlance is native to your life? What words, jargon, phrases and sayings are common in your everyday activities?

Chances are high that if you speak a language, you’re around others who do, so you share the comprehension.

What happens, then, when you’re around others who do not share the same everyday activities that can handicap communication? What happens when you speak different languages?

The words this post starts with are just that: western medical words.

  • To me: they’re jargon that requires defining. To those in the industry, they do not.

I’ve seen words show up on my various medical forms, records and reports that are unfamiliar and have no accompanying helpful – often critical – definitions. When this has happened, I’ve even brought it to my primary care doc’s attention. Nothing changed when I suggested that, to improve critical understanding between us, they include definitions with these reports.

Case in point: every few years my doc recommends I have blood work done. We can apparently tell a great deal about our health from blood work. Great – I’m all for good health and knowing what I can do to take care of myself better.

Are you committed to speaking the same language?

What I’m not for is that the lingo jargon native to western medicine (and any industry) foreign to me not being explained, with no effort on the part of the provider to teach me. This would make me a better client as well.

What gives, medicine?

It’s maddening at best, dangerous at worst. And lopsided all around.

Connectivity requires strong, open, direct communication. A request by a patient to the provider to supply a terminology guide is a pretty darn small request – and life changing for sure. Connectivity is listening FIRST – finding out how to best serve the ones we choose to serve. It isn’t negating ideas because they’re inconvenience, they’ve “never been done that way before” or any other excuse.

Connectors want open direct honest communication; they foster it, keep learning how to improve and grow so they can even better serve outwardly.

It’s disconcerting that my doc and the practice the doc is part of isn’t more welcoming and proactive to this suggestion. How many thousands or millions of people get blood drawn and analyzed each year? What are the ramifications for one health care blood savvy pro to take this idea and run with it, thereby better serving their clients AND the entire professional industry?

The key is that both parts of this simple equation must be proactive, equally concerned and vested in creating a solution; it can’t be lopsided or you’ll be where I am…. and I still don’t know what everything means.

  • If you’re in the health care arena and know of a guide for me to demystify my blood work results paperwork, I’d love a link. Share it below for all of us to use.
  • If you’re not and you see this massive opportunity, go for it! Let me know how I can support your endeavor to help us all be our bloody best.
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