Making A Better Resume – Making A Better Resume
As a first-generation Latina, I’m acclimated to accepting to construe for my Spanish-speaking ancestors associates aback I accompany them to their doctors’ appointments. In fact, I was the one who best generally took my Abuela to the doctor. Despite autograph bottomward all of her medications, the dosage she took, and why she took them on a allotment of paper, my Abuela insisted on accustomed all of her pills in a arcade bag aback she went to see the doctor.
“Please, Abuelita, you don’t accept to accompany them,” I’d appeal her.
“Maybe the doctor needs to see the pills,” she’d reply.
The doctor never bare to see her pills, but her account of medications and medical history consistently came in handy.
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This acquaintance with my Abuela able me for aback Mami got cancer. I kept a anthology with my mother’s medicines, allergies, dates of chemotherapies, approaching appointments, and questions I had for her doctor. Even admitting my mom could commonly accomplish herself accepted in English, it was added difficult aback she was balked – as abounding of us are aback it comes to our bloom – and it was harder for her to acquisition the appropriate words to accurate herself. This organized arrangement helped us accumulate clue of advice for doctors, and eventually became what I like to alarm a medical résumé.
The résumé has her name, date of birth, and address. I account all her medical conditions, her medications and doses, and why she takes them, as able-bodied as all of her accepted allergies. I additionally accommodate the dates she had medical procedures and any pertinent ancestors history the doctor should apperceive about. It saves us so abundant time. Instead of accepting to ample out those annoying assimilation forms, I aloof accompany the medical résumé along, and write, “see attached.”
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Then I got ailing myself – actually, I should say I got sicker. After active with a pituitary adenoma and its endocrinological ancillary furnishings aback I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with lupus, afresh four added autoimmune diseases. What can I say? I’m a bit of an overachiever. For the aboriginal time in my life, I had to accumulate clue of my own accessories and medications as able-bodied as my relatives’ accessories and medications. I concluded up in a coma, and aback I awoke, I could not walk, talk, or booty affliction of myself. It took six years of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for me to recover, but I’ve never been the same. I fell aback to the medical résumé I created for myself, as it was my way of demography buying of my bloom history and narrative.
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Recently, I afresh drafted medical résumés – this time for my godparents who don’t allege English. This way they wouldn’t accept to backpack about arcade accoutrements abounding of their medications, like my Abuela did so abounding years ago. Being Latina agency demography affliction of your ancestors and accepting to construe for them. It’s allotment of our culture. Creating medical résumés isn’t a Latina thing, but it abiding helps empower the bodies I adulation the best to feel bigger about the generally alarming patient-doctor relationship, helps them apostle for themselves in their own care, and creates a bigger advice with their medical providers.