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Ms. Alison Joseph, NP


JBA Concierge Medicine offering medical wellness packages and workshops.



Here’s Dad (80 years young) and Mom (75 years young). What does advocacy mean when you love them so hard? ❤️‍🩹

Its challenging to watch them get older and face ailments both acute and chronic. As a Nurse Practitioner 👩🏽‍⚕️and a Nurse 🧑🏽‍⚕️advocacy is something I am trained in. Transitioning to daughter and advocate is a delicate balance.

People often struggle with the concept of advocacy and feeling heard 👂🏼. So what do you do⁉️

1. ✅Write the story so you can share it written or verbally to the nurse or provider.
2. ✅Organize your thoughts
- What’s been happening? (Pain in the left arm with numbness)
- How long has it been going on? (2 years but now worse for 2 weeks)
- What have you tried? (heat, Motrin, acupuncture)
- Any red flag concerning symptoms (weight loss, fever, redness, drainage).
3. ✅Pertinent history (fall, tick bite, cancer in the past).
4. ✅What are you concerned about? (Believe it or not we know a lot about our own bodies or those of our children, partners, etc).
5. ✅Most importantly, be careful of your words, be gentle and save the anger. These things are often forgotten when there’s a state of anxiety worrying about yourself or a family. **Remember that your provider and nurse actually go into the field to take care of you and want you to do well and be well.** However, it is very anxiety provoking to take care of somebody that sick. Having a heart-to-heart discussion with your provider and nurse really do go a long way to feeling truly heard. Be confident you can come up with a plan together. Also know the plan can evolve and discussions can continue.
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