One of the big differences between medical care that works for Sunshiners and ordinary care is how “crisis” is handled. Crisis for younger people is some sort of a big disaster, the kind for which hospitals were designed. Crisis for a Sunshiner is usually a minor health problem (like the flu or a sore backside from a fall), resulting in a major change in independence and function. Dad isn’t feeling great this week, so instead of being able to get to the bathroom by himself, he can’t get out of bed. The right way to deal with this is for a doctor or nurse to visit at home, decide what’s probably wrong, maybe start some treatment, and then WAIT to see what happens. The wrong way is to go to the emergency room, where nine times out of ten Dad gets admitted, and eight times out of ten he never sees home again.
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