It never fails to amaze me the stories that I hear from patients and their families. On a personal level, I learnt the hard way, that it is important to be proactive with your healthcare. I was in the ER at my hospital, my husband was at my side, and he made me promise not to mention that I was a nurse. I respected his request, long story short, I received medication too fast through my IV, developed thrombsis and came very close to having surgery on my arm. When I felt the medication go in and the vein blew, I knew something was wrong, but out of respect for my spouse, I kept my mouth shut. Never again.