“The patient is too often the stakeholder whose needs are not fully considered in a system that is groaning from unrealistic burdens and stresses.” Peg Ford
“The doctor will be here in a minute,” the RN said to me and a patient who was in the recovery room. A few days before, I had received a phone call from a friend asking if I was available to accompany this woman, a mutual friend, to the hospital for an outpatient procedure. According to the instructions and figuring in the time to transport her there and back from the hospital, it would be no more than 3 hours. The patient, who had faced numerous recurrences of cancer over several years that involved chemotherapy, radiation, adverse reactions, etc, had been rushed to the ER just a week earlier, dehydrated and vomiting uncontrollably. We were, obviously, concerned about what this brave woman was facing at this juncture, as she had been in remission until this episode.