September 23rd, 2011
I’m a huge fan of Survivor and, for those of you who don’t know, they just began a new season. There are many reasons I love this show but one of the biggest is that there are some valuable life lessons.
Because I’m so enamored with how we manage our health and communicating clearly with our providers, I see almost everything in life as in some way analogous to healthcare.
So, without further ado, here’s are the life lessons I noticed along with the analogy to your health issues:
1. What’s the biggest obstacle for the team? Trust! This was the assessment that the host, Jeff Probst, made at tribal council about the losing team. Their biggest obstacle was trusting each other.
The Healthcare Analogy: When you’re trying to understand what’s going on with your mental or physical health, trusting the people who are helping you is your biggest obstacle. That includes not only trusting that they have the expertise you’re looking for but also trusting that they are the right provider for you. I suggest you read this on choosing the right healthcare provider for you to help figure out what you’re truly looking for in terms of support.
2. Find people who are loyal with you and stick with them: This is Coach’s approach to the game so he says. His game is built on loyalty and integrity, though he doesn’t define those terms clearly.
The Healthcare Analogy: Finding healthcare provider’s can be tricky. If you’ve been struggling with your health for a while and have had an ongoing relationship with your healthcare provider, even if it’s been less than perfect, you may feel loyal because you share so much history together. On the other hand, it’s important to always look out for what’s in your best interest (since your healthcare provider works for you) and explore what’s going on when things feel unsettled.
3. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot: Brandon wants to get rid of a very strong player, Mikayla, because she represents a threat to him. It seems he feels attracted to her, equates her with Pavrati who was a villain on a previous series and can’t get past it. It would not be in the best interest of the team to get rid of a strong player at this point in the game as it would affect their ability to win challenges.
The Healthcare Analogy: If you have a healthcare provider who is a good fit but something feels unsettling, I suggest you do your best to talk with your provider about what’s not working to see if you can address the issue together. For example, if your doctor does a great job of diagnosing your problem and offering good options that work for you but you’re having trouble getting prescription refills, ask whether she’d be willing to put a refill on the original prescription rather than having to get a new one. If you find that things are really not working out and that you need a new provider, I invite you to create your own Patient Power Manifesto and then interview professionals to see if they are able to offer what you’re looking for.
If you follow Survivor, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. What life lessons did you see demonstrated in the show? Do you see any analogies to how you handle your health and what you saw?
Tune in next week for life lessons and healthcare analogies from episode 3 of season 23 Survivor South Pacific!!