January kicks off the awards season with the Writers Guild, Directors Guild, and Golden Globes. On January 10, nominees for the Academy Awards will be announced! While most of us aren’t eligible to vote for any of those awards, we can vote for a REAL hero this month!
In September of 2009, my daughter was very ill for over a week. After a few days, we took her to the doctor for an exam on a Friday. Her pediatrician thought it was either the flu or a viral infection, and we were told to wait it out. On Monday she was worse and incredibly lethargic, so we rushed her to the ER. The physician ordered a flu test, chest X-rays and blood work, even though we were uninsured.
She was still baffled when the results came back clear, and that’s when she ordered the spinal tap. I’m so thankful for that ER doctor and her decision to run that test. Her persistence and “hunch” saved our daughter’s life. I’d give her a star on the Walk of Fame, an Oscar, a gold medal or any acknowledgement available to say thank you for not giving up on a diagnosis.
Remember in November, when I told you about the REAL Awards that honor health workers in the United States and nine other countries? Well, now its time to VOTE! You can vote once per day until January 7, 2013. This is your opportunity to celebrate and show your appreciation to health workers in the following areas: Newborn and Mother Care, Chronic Disease Care, Pediatric Care, Hospice Care, Veteran Care, Emergency Care, At-Home Care and General Health Worker.
The nominees are the unsung heroes, those health care workers that are on their feet for hours at a time caring for you, your child, a friend or relative. Frequently nurses, doctors, EMS, and other front line health care workers put themselves in harms way to care for and protect their patients. Often they stay late, missing time with their own families, go out of their way to check on their patients, and spend time advocating for improved patient care, with very little acknowledgement from those benefitting from these actions.
Save the Children, along with its sponsors and partners: Medtronic Foundation; The Merck Company Foundation; Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare; and supporting partners GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Time Inc., are giving you the chance to honor them with your vote.
There will be one winner in each of the eight categories. The winners will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a Save the Children event for Advocacy Day. Honorees will be announced on January 15, 2013.
I strongly encourage you to review the nominees and place your vote for the one that moves you most. Consider it a small way of saying thank you to a REAL hero!