When your children are young, you are their medical advocate. When they turn 18 – and I’m telling you, the day they turn 18 – you are no longer legally their advocate.
And sometimes the little HIPAA paper signed in the doctor’s office won’t be enough. It should be, but sometimes it’s not.
If your child is approaching legal adulthood – 18 years of age – please have a talk about medical advocacy and medical power of attorney.
And as hard as it is to think about and to act upon, talk about living wills, too.
Mamas, we don’t won’t our cowboys and cowgirls to grow up – and face an emergency – without a medical ranch hand holding the reins.