Empathy

Posted on March 29, 2013. Filed under: Ataxia, Cerebellar ataxia, Elderly, Falls, Head Injury, Multiple Sclerosis Treatment, Multiple System Atrophy, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke |

Empathy: To recognize emotions felt by others
http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag/HHNDaily/HHNDailyDisplay.dhtml?id=7530009619

This video depicts the emotions of being in the hospital of both caregivers and patients. Everyone has something going on in their head at all times. Many times we don’t take the time to understand how the person feels, their wants, or their needs. We put our own thoughts into the equation about what we think they need as health care professional.

I saw an email come by the other day of a woman crying as she saw a video of a person able to dance at the National Ataxia Foundation…she wrote she is afraid to leave the house because she knows people think she is drunk…but she has ataxia. One of the doctors I showed the same video to said, “She said she had ataxia..right? But you don’t know…” In other words he felt she was magnifying her symptoms or she had a psychological problem. Why would someone be at the National Ataxia Foundation Meeting???

When I mentioned this to the person in the video ( the person who could dance for the first time in 12 years) she said the first few years they sent me to a psychologist. Really!!! Why can’t we just try to help people instead of making judgements.

What I can’t understand is why we wouldn’t want to understand why she can dance rather than think she is having symptoms of ataxia for alternative purposes.

I will continue this discussion… Please try to understand and not make judgements:)

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Moved beyond words. Thank you for posting this video. Best, Jane

Thanks Jane. Yes I was very moved. It just goes to show us that we never quite know what a person is going through when we run into them. We all need to take a step back and try to understand the other person whether it is a patient, family member or the clinician who is treating us.

Cindy


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