Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective

Trisha Torrey gets it.

We don’t see eye to eye on everything, but Trisha gets it: The days of Marcus Welby style healthcare are over – if they ever really existed at all. So remember this rule:

You are on your own out there.

So we have to become what Trisha calls “Empowered patients.” Unusually, she’s not a big fan of her own word – “Empowered” tends to imply that someone gave you power. Not so… you have to take it.

And how do you take it? Remember the cliché “Don’t hate the player, hate the game”? Let’s change that just a little bit: Don’t hate the game – learn the game, and play it better!

So how do we play it better? Trisha has several points, but it all comes down to one general idea: Take control.

Whatever is going on is happening inside your body. Taking a pill affects your body. Having surgery leaves scars on… your body. So guess who has the biggest stake in taking care of you – YOU!

It’s your body, your health, and your responsibility. Get in the game. Take control of your own health – learn what is going on inside of you, what your treatment options are, and what other choices you may have. Learn, learn, learn. Become your own medical detective!

You know my methods, Watson.  There was not one of them which I did not apply to the inquiry. – Sherlock Holmes

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