purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
... interesting advice on having that conversation productively ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Ti-gkJiXc

Summary: Avoid the 'what you are' conversation, because it's too easy to get de-railed.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
The UK NHS is better than most of the extant alternatives, but still has conspicuous weak points...

Mater is still in the general hospital, 3 weeks on, because her specialist bed transfer is waiting on her condition being reviewed by a consultant from another hospital (note this). This review was supposed to happen last week.

The consultant went to Mater's flat, instead of the hospital ward, to do the review.

D'OH!!!!
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
She's as settled as possible given the poor conditions on the ward, and actively enjoying the grapes which I took her. I got a grin out of her telling some of her rude jokes to one of her nurses :-)

I also got a reasonably constructive conversation with the hospital consultant, who seems to be doing a moderately thorough physical work-up on her - results due tomorrow. As soon as a suitable bed (in a female ward, YAY!) comes available, she should be transferred to a more appropriate hospital - much nearer to me, too.

However, I've unearthed a catalogue of serious communications failures as long as your arm which led up to this crisis, and everyone involved with her care is saying to ME, "Please keep us properly informed, no one else does." WTF, guys, WTF. I reckon, having pieced it all together, she should never have been discharged when she presented at A&E with the broken wrist a week ago. Still, all water under bridges ...

I am off to snoo now, hopefully to be in a fit state for work in the morning as per (purr!) and then I hope I know which hospital to go to for visiting hours in the evening ...

I hope all is well with you and yours, gentle readers.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
Miscommunication is the bane of all relationships.

How can I help* someone** to find their voice***?

* 'help' as in: A practical, managable thing I can do - maybe, even, this afternoon.
** 'someone' as in: Someone who does not currently feel able to exercise their 'right' to free speech.
*** 'find their voices' as in: Help them to effectively to respond to criticism.

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