I watched a documentary, To Err is Human, with my mom and dad last weekend. Like Cal Sheridan, who is featured in the film, I also have kernicterus because of a medical error. Did you know that medical errors are the 3rd largest leading cause of death in our country? There are as many as 440,000 preventable deaths every year. Far more than that are living with the long-term impacts or injuries from medical errors. For me, it means severe cerebral palsy, auditory neuropathy, visual tracking difficulties, and some messed up toes. Had my newborn jaundice been tested and treated in time, I may have had a very different life. But, it wasn’t – and I don’t have that different life.
Watch this documentary and find out more about what we can do to improve the medical system so that it’s safer for all of us. We NEED to do this!
Speaking of medical stuff, my toes surgery is on April 29th with a night or two in the hospital. My mom is going to write a guest post after to let everyone know how I’m doing. I’ll have surgery on both big toes with a couple months’ recovery. Hoping for relief from the toe-pocalypse although I also know that surgery and recovery will mean it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
We don’t have much but we’ve got each other!