Telemedicine: Parenting Parents
How does one ‘parent’ parents especially today when anything (dates, prayer cloths, holy water, in home services, orthotics, healthcare consultations and medications) can be ordered anytime via traditional and smart devices that our seniors have readily on hand? I wondered… myself feeling caught between a vise personally having senior parents of my own while professionally dealing with adult children of others calling to complain about durable goods and medications ordered through one of several telemedicine companies I’ve contracted my services to over the last year. You can say, Dr Bagley’s gotta brand new bag!
Like many doctors, I’ve grown weary of traditional medical practices realizing it’s not feasible, nor affordable for all!
What we as adult children of seniors must keep foremost in or minds is that our parents have unlimited access to advertisements that they often take advantage of without our knowing. And, when challenged they are embarrassed conveniently forgetting fearing criticism, repercussions or truly, their recollections failed!
My own seventy-nine-year old mother has us on our toes constantly. And, I might mention her memory is intact! Now, imagine a parent whose faculties come and go armed with a credit and insurance card and a smart device?
2018… “Let’s Turn This Mutha Out!”
As in the words of Parliament (having nothing to do with Great Britain’s to those unfamiliar). In turning this mutha out, I simply mean: make 2018 the role model for subsequent years. Make 2018 better than all preceding ones. In other words, turn it out owning, controlling, setting every season to your own liking!
It presents you with a full tank for a new start offering an alternative pathway out of prior years’ disasters, indecisions, missteps, dramas, failures, doubts, dilemmas…
Don’t look back! WHY?
Lest your head gets stuck in the past like feet in quicksand! Besides, you remember ‘back’ well, don’t you? Is your faith strong enough to propel you forward, upward and onto higher heights this new year?
Parliament had it right… 2018: “LET’S TURN THIS MUTHA OUT