Speaking Up for Yourself
You need to speak up for yourself to get what you need
Some people don't like to speak up for themselves. Here are some
- It might seem selfish.
- They don't like to "make waves."
- They don't want to get anyone in trouble.
- They don't want to make anyone mad.
It is very important to take care of your health. It is a good
idea to do everything you can to take care of your health!
Sometimes you can see that there is a problem with your health.
You have to tell someone when you have a problem. You have to tell
someone when you need help.
Speaking up for yourself is not being selfish! It is not selfish
because your health is so important.
Brenda had to have
- Brenda had to have a medical test called an MRI. She had to
wait eight hours for the MRI.
- Brenda stayed on a steel table while she waited.
- Brenda got a
red spot on her skin from
staying on the table too long.
- Brenda told her doctor about this
problem later. The doctor was very sorry.
- Brenda learned a lesson, too.
- She learned to tell people there is a problem right away.
- Maybe someone could have moved her if Brenda had said she was
on the steel table too long.
- Brenda learned another lesson.
- She did not complain about little things.
- She only told the nurses and
doctors about important things.
- That way, they really listened when Brenda spoke up.
Howard had some very bad
problems. He was in a city hospital.
- For 12 hours, Howard was very sick. He couldn't breathe or
make bowel movements. He threw up green liquid.
- The nurses did not call the doctor!
- No one spoke up for Howard.
- Howard's sister Zoe came to visit him.
She got very worried.
- She screamed for help!
- The doctors came to Howard when Zoe screamed. They moved him
to the intensive care unit (ICU).
- He got help when someone spoke up for him.
- The story ended with sadness.
- It was too late to help Howard. He had a heart attack when he
was in ICU. He died.
You have to watch out for yourself. You have to speak up for