Sunday, October 08, 2006

My Fantasy Team

Now that I’m coming to a better understanding of my peculiar gait, I’ve created this fantasy of getting all the people who might be able to help me deal with it in the same room. With any sort of medical intervention, whether it is with medication or some alternative form of treatment, it’s so important that the components be compatible.

I expressed this idea to Deborah today, who sort of rolled her eyes and said, “How much money do you have to throw at this?” I would want to compensate everyone for his or her time, and I don’t know how much that would come to, but I think it might be a good investment.

So exactly who would I want on this team?
– Neil Speigel, physiatrist (“captain”)
– Quentin, physical therapist
– Reya, massage therapist
– Chris, pilates teacher
– Leyla or Ajit or Marianna, yoga teacher

These are the people who have given me the most help with this problem over the past 2 years. I have this idea that if I could get all of them together, Dr. Spiegel could map out a treatment plan and translate it into the specific things that each of them needed to concentrate on. He has considerable knowledge of each of their specialties.

This is probably crazy, but it just seems to make so much sense. For people with serious, often terminal diseases, I have heard of a team approach. Why not for less threatening things, like my condition, with the objective of just improving someone’s quality of life?

I’ve always been good at tilting at windmills, but maybe this is just one case where I can turn fantasy into reality. We’ll see...


Blogger Mother of Invention said...

As all your health team members seem related, I think this is dobale for you. If I were you, I'd initially get a feeling from the busiest specialists about how it might sit with them to schedule this meeting in an office/health care setting
Then, if that's a dead end, try inviting them all to your house for a lunch or dinner and schedule even 3o minutes in another room for "business" and then eat etc.

Mind you, I'm living in a small town and we have a Chiropractic Office in our house so maybe I'm just thinking in terms of my situation with Your specialists.

As I said in my comment on your previous post, I have too many people in the big city of Toronto who are incredibly busy and whom I wouldn't invite to cross the social line.

I think you should go for it!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Why not? There's no harm in trying to get everyone together; though, I would take the "how much is this going to cost" seriously.

Something about your recent posts, about your ongoing quest to fix yourself (honestly, aren't most of us on that quest?) keeps putting the Indigo Girls' Galileo in my head.

I'm not making a joke, you know me
I take everything so seriously
If we wait for the time 'til all souls get it right
Then at least I know there'll be no nuclear annihilation
In my lifetime I'm still not right

10:09 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

MOI -- This is going to be a high priority for me when we get back from our vacation.

Kristin -- I love your treasure trove of music knowledge. What a perfect song!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Old Lady said...

Well, it couldn't hurt. Give it a stab.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Perhaps what you need is someone who can take a macro overview of all this and sort and straighten out the different points of view and approaches and collate them into a single coherent theme.

I am afraid that if you all got them in a room together it would be the same as that old joke about economists (I think by G.B. Shaw), "If you took all the economists in the world and lined them up end to end, they still wouldn't reach a conclusion"

I tend to think that alternative practitioners (along with there more "reputable" brethren) are much like the six blind men describing an elephant.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with Richard here. It appears that each of the caregivers you cite has more interest in your well-being than in their hierarchical role in the process. I hope that your management of your care proves fruitful as you pursue it when you return from France.



2:32 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Richard -- I would be looking to Dr. Spiegel to do that coordination role, knowing that he is knowledgable in each of the other fields. I was very encouraged yesterday when my yoga teacher responded so positively to this idea. I have the utmost faith in each of the persons I listed. They are not egotistical, but have always acted in my best interest.

Kate -- I am anxious to pursue this when I return from my trip. I appreciate your support and encouragement.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Quentin said...

Since this is the first time I've been included in any kind of fantasy team I wouldn't be embarassed about (no, wait, there was also that group my brother put together that crushed the trivia contest at the 4 P's -- we coulda still let Kristin help with the musical items), you can count me in. As to the cost, I like having a cup of coffee at meetings, sometimes two.
Richard's points are well taken, but I think he pigeonholes himself a bit -- does he really think you would elevate the "six blind men" to the fantasy team? (By the way, have you heard the one about, 'If all the women at an Ivy League frat party,...'?)
Name the coffee place, and tell me Chris will be there, and you can count me in.
If the collating is too unweildy to sort out, we may at least be able to collimate our views. At least the effort should shine a more focussed light on the problem.

12:31 AM  

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