Saturday, January 09, 2010

What it's like to be a patient

Stephen Gaudet over at is a retired Respiratory Therapist, who's been living with severe refractory Asthma since birth.   He has once again provided me with a valuable insight into what it's like to be a patient.    Unfortunately, that insight comes from his most recent hospital stay, which he blogs about here:


  1. Hey Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. As an RT myself, I know how awkward it can be for other RTs to deal with me. I hate it though , when my professional title dictates the kind of care I get as a patient. Sometimes excellent, sometimes crappy.

    If I could give 3 pieces of advice to a new RT grad it would be, Be careful what you say in front of your ventilator patients, they can often hear every word you say. Secondly, Don't assume that all respiratory patients fit the same mold, their diseases can be quite a bit more complex than what you learn in books. Lastly, keep an open mind, try to put yourself in their shoes. It's awful when you can't breath.

    Good luck on your career, I hope it's an amazing one! It was for me.

  2. Thanks. I appreciate the advice.