Chutzpah: Have it when it comes to your health

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.


Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish WordsChut

Taking charge of your health takes a lot of chutzpah. I had to really make my needs known and ask for my wishes to be met. I realize the hospital is not a 5 star hotel. However, I would like enough food to eat and some sleep. When I first got here I wasn’t getting either. I really didn’t understand that I had some control over the treatment I was receiving. There are methods to the madness. Could I alter some of the methods to create less madness? The answer is YES! I just had to ask.  I think we are taught that the health care professionals always knows whats best, but that isn’t the case. The person with the most information on your health is usually you. It is important that you tell your health care professional everything so they can evaluate your case and help you get better. I feel that my simple inquiries lead me to a happier stay. I say ask nicely but ask often and until you feel you are comfortable with the care your receiving.  I encourage you to be your own advocate because mental health is just as important as your physical health.

I would like to thank my nurses and doctors at the University of Virginia for making sure my needs have been met. I am hoping for a healthy baby born during a very short and painless labor 🙂 Hint, Hint, Hint!!!  I will let you all know what I have as soon as we find out on or before May 20th.

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  1. Holly says

    Good Luck! I had both my girls at UVA and loved it! Our 2nd has a metabolic disorder so I am especially glad that we were there since they can provide great care!


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