Also I hate to being up problems without talking a little about solutions.
They immediately assume I'm a drug addict 8 times out of 10.
It's been over 20 years.
And I have had enough.
This racism is systemic. Ignoring pain of women's systemic. It is in the bones of the institution to think they know better than the patients.
Women ignore my pain less. Black women treat me like I'm an adult with vis input.
Then I was told that he wasn't there, wasn't coming & hadn't been in.
I generally had better experiences with nurses and nurse practitioners. My mother is a nurse. I ❤️ nurses.
Refill. Of an opioid cousin, practically the modest one you can get. But it's strong enough for me to work full time in the twice say dose.
But I could still work half time between that and THC drops at night.
You learn that doctors have the power to put in your chart that you are a "problem patient" or worse, that your pain is "all in your head."
It happens that frequently, that the people who are supposed to care for me behave like they don't give two shits. #HealthCareWhileColored
Even when they don't come out and say so.
Plus monthly for cancer blood tests and a port flush.
It want a choice I made. I just... couldn't anymore.
1- Take an advocate. Friend, famy, someone you trust. It's harder to gaslight two or more people.
2- Be friend nurses if they aren't part of the problem.
You can go to the hospital, boards they belong to, state organizations.
Not just for due diligence. It comes I handy in other ways too.
I know most of you are doing what I'm about to talk about with good intentions.
But if your intentions are TRULY good you won't mind my suggestions on how to do better.
I'm not always welcome in your spaces or allowed to - peacefully and without interruption- share my experience as a black woman.
That's why I need #HealthCareWhileColored.
I NEED it.
The whole point of the discussion is "here's this story from the black/POC perspective."
I know it happens to you too.
But most of the time it happened to me first if it's bad.
1- Atrocities that happen to black people or poor people can be stopped before they reach the wider population.
Racism is localized fascism. If it is stops with us it doesn't spread.
"Drug seeking behavior" can end with jail for us & if something goes wrong there, prison.
THIS YEAR a Mississippi man was imprisoned even though he had a legal prescription.
Just like disabled people do.
Just like people with fibromyalgia do.
Just like any group that has anything in common.
We're not required to justify that. Let us crowd source solutions & enjoy our community like anyone else.
I'm assuming you were unaware & leaving it at that.
You can just tell it. I'll listen.