I had to have abdominal films taken this week. I don’t know about you, but I strongly dislike dropping my street clothes for a hospital gown unless it is absolutely necessary.
Here’s the thing: it is not absolutely necessary that you drop your street clothes for a hospital gown to have plain films of any part of your body as long as there is no metal in the field.
Again, I don’t know about you, but I plan ahead in order to refuse the gown. What does that mean? That means that I wear yoga pants and a t-shirt with a pullover hoodie and I retain my right to refuse the gown.
Here’s how it went:
I registered. I waited. I was escorted back, and thus began the dehumanizing, demoralizing routine, we’ve all come to know and hate.
“Take everything from you waist up off and put on this gown. Let me know when you are ready by cracking the door open.”
I politely declined the gown. The technician pressed the issue by repeating her directive.
Again, I politely declined, and again, she pressed the issue.
[Lather, rinse, repeat with a pinch of annoyance on her part.]
I kindly, but firmly told her that I would not be putting on a hospital gown as I didn’t have so much as an elastic band above my waist and the only metal was internal hardware from the transplant. Furthermore, it is not necessary for me to put on a gown as the quality of the image will not be compromised in any way, shape, or form.
My general rule of thumb is to avoid the gown at all cost.
Never do anything that even hints at the possibility that you might be sticking around for more than the duration of any given diagnostic.
Begin with your end in mind, and always enter with a solid exit strategy!
She has been a cancer patient, survivor, heart transplant recipient and documentary film producer.
As a child, she was successfully treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma. Her experience led her to become a nurse serving the physical, psychosocial, and educational needs of children, adolescents, and their families along the cancer trajectory.
Stephanie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Furman University, and a B.S., and M.S in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida. At Dartmouth, Stephanie helped establish the Survivorship Clinic with Eric Larsen, MD and Sara Chaffee, MD. This clinic provided ongoing personal support and education for childhood cancer survivors and their families.
In April 2008, Stephanie’s heart failed as a result of the radiation and Doxorubicin used to cure her Ewing’s Sarcoma as a child. She received a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.
As a result of this experience, she co-produced an award winning documentary ‘Resilient: the Story of Late Effects of Cancer Treatment’, highlighting the challenges faced by survivors, families, and friends.
Stephanie resides in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and their 12-year-old-son. The Zimmermans enjoy everything from Formula One Racing and college & NFL football to go carting, ziplining, and cycling.
Please feel free to contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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