Dr. David Watson - A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude
When November and Thanksgiving roll around each year, I'm always amazed to realize how much more I appreciate things and am thankful for them because Migraines and headaches have made me more aware and appreciative.
One of the biggest challenges we face as patients with Migraine and other headache disorders is putting together a health care team who have the experience, knowledge, compassion, and cooperative philosophy that it takes for us to partner with them as treatment partners. A 2011 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) included a sobering statement and startling statistic:
"Lack of knowledge among health-care providers is the principal clinical barrier to effective headache management. This problem begins in medical schools where there is limited teaching on the subject, a consequence of the low priority accorded to it... Worldwide, formal undergraduate medical training included just four hours about headache and Migraine; specialist training included 10 hours."
For day #4 in our 30 Days of Gratitude, I want to share my gratitude for my wonderful Migraine and headache specialist, Dr. David Watson, director of the West Virginia University Headache Center. Dr. Watson... well... Dr. Watson is wonderful. That's an overused word, but he is. He regularly participates in continuing medical education to keep up-to-date on what's new in the field. He wants his patients to be educated about our health and active participants in our health care. Migraine and headache care with him is definitely collaborative. On top of that, he's a frequent advocate for us. I first met him at Headache on the Hill, when he and I went to our Senate and Congressional offices together to lobby for more research funding.
Ellen and I both find that a gratitude journal helps us maintain our emotional equilibrium when it seems that everything in our lives is conspiring to bring us down. We also find that it helps to share with each other. That's one reason we want to share with you, our Migraine and headache family.
Would you like to join us? It's easy to keep a gratitude journal, and you're always welcome to share any of it here in our community. Journals can be handwritten or kept on your computer. To share here, you can create a SharePost of your own, or you can post comments to our posts.
For a listing of all of our 30 Days of Gratitude posts, see A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude - Introduction.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated November 5, 2013.