How to be Your Own Best Health Care Advocate

As women we are the chief caretakers of all but, many times we fall short of taking care of ourselves. We take charge when our kids have a rash, or a cold, heaven forbid anything more dire… but ourselves, not so much. Why do we continuously put ourselves last on the list?
Give yourself permission to be a priority. While you are at it, remember to be your best health care advocate. This is your life, your body and you are ultimately responsible to care of the one you were given. While it is true that health care providers are part of your care system, you are the pilot. How is your doctor going to know that you have not slept well in two months if you don’t say anything? How is the pharmacist going to know what other non -prescription medicines you are taking if you don’t know. Saying that you take a bright green pill is really not suffice, really.
Lastly, if something does not sound or feel right, speak up! Medical doctors and other health care professionals don’t get paid to be intimating (although they may be). They are one of the vital links in your patient care. Remember, after you have taken care of your brother, mother, sister, children, and spouse, there will still be you. After you have taken care of everyone else, who is going to take care of you?
You are!!!

Lisa Leslie-Williams, Pharm D is a wife and the devoted mother of one active toddler. She quickly realized after the birth of her daughter that she was not only destined to be a mom but that her true passion lies in empowering women to live life at home with finesse and style. Even as a licensed health care professional, Lisa has spent the last 10 years living and fine tuning her “domestic life style lessons” on budgeting, beauty, family health, entertaining and all things in the kitchen. She shares these lessons and other home management tips as a life style consultant, a featured contributor and as the author of her blog, The Domestic Life Stylist. Lisa’s blog was voted in the “top three”, in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Home Management blog contest where she has also become a featured contributor.

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  • Cascia Talbert , January 17, 2012

    Great tips, Lisa. I've always believed that busy mom's don't take enough time to take care of ourselves. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Lisa -The Domestic Life Stylist , January 26, 2012

    We certainly don't. I hope to put more time aside for myself in 2012.

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