Christian Long

Allison Hunt: Gets (a New) Hip

In TED Talks on May 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Extra credit reflection by KATIE R.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Allison Hunt:  Gets (a New) Hip

While I admire Allison for her ingenuity in coming up with a solution to her problem I cannot help but see her success as just another case of “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Or better yet, who knows you. I get her credit for being up to the challenge of working the health care system although I would hazard to bet that she is not the only one.

How lucky for her that she was able to just happen to see the volunteer needed sign in the hospital gift shop. It did not take her much time to connect the dots and come to the conclusion that she had been handed a golden opportunity to promote her cause. I guess coming from a family of seven children, and being the youngest, she had to find a way to make herself heard. Hey, I cannot blame her, if I were facing such a discouraging outlook on resolving my situation I might be shouting for attention too. She just used the situation to her benefit but, how many other Canadian’s are doing the same thing. Maybe, that is the reason she had to wait in the first place, if everyone used the same tactics it becomes just a matter of who pushes who out of first place. So, it appears that there is no need to follow the rules, just learn the system manipulate it for our own benefit. How fortunate that she had her surgeon’s appointment on a day she just happened to volunteer. It seems that by playing the system she did jump to the front of the line since she was able to schedule her surgery in weeks instead of months.

I do commend her on her last comments that she plans to continue with her volunteer work. That’s great because no matter the reason for starting out, she will benefit not only from her new hip but from helping society in general. Allison’s free volunteering will in some small measure repay for her free medical care. It is my wish that Allison’s hip gives her many years of pain-free hospital volunteering.


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