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How to Talk About Pain

In celebration of Effective Communication Month, the first week of June, I talked about how important texting and technology has been to the breakdown of communication skills.  Last week, my blog interview guest shared how communication can help parenting and I introduced a contest you can enter to win free AoE communications studies by sharing how misunderstandings happen in every day lives.  On Monday, my guest showed us how important communication skills are to a music teacher. Today I'd like to share with you another important area of our lives that we don't normally think of as being important when it comes to our communication skills.  This is an article I found online via Web MD.  It's called, "How to...

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When your doctor doesn’t listen

Are you an emotional female droning on to your doctor year after year about "little things" like fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, insomnia, menopause, or hypoglycemia?  And have you encountered any of the following Dr. Talk? * All the tests came back negative. (Translation: I don't know what else to do for you so you'll just have to live with it.) * Maybe you should take a few days off work. (Translation: I don't think there's anything wrong with you, but you might feel better if you go shopping and buy a new hat.) * Are you worried or stressed about's your family life? (Translation: Since the tests are all negative, you must be upset about something in your life.  Depressed...

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Poll: Is Big Doctor Watching...Your Kids?

My dh took our son to CVS pharmacy to get his sports physical the other day.  I was shocked to hear the questions she asked him. It was like Child Protective Services questions asked of a child suspected of being abused.  They asked him if he felt safe at home and does he always wear a seatbelt, does he feel anxious or nervous.  I this customary for drs to ask here in Arizona?  According to friends and neighbors...IT IS! My dh filled out the form saying he was homeschooled.  Do you think this had anything to do with the line of questioning?  I would have thought Arizona was less inclined to do things like this than California, but he...

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