Listening to Christine Gordon of @ReadingsBooks launch @Jacinta_Parsons’s book “Unseen” - a book not just about the events of enduring & #chronicillness but also about its #complexity. JP hopes that she has captured something of the nuance & diversity of the #LivedExperience...
@Jacinta_Parsons says the path to dx is an underappreciated & often lengthy aspect of the experience of chronic illness - it’s not necessarily an easy path to getting a diagnosis & treatment.
When the change in your health is incremental it can take years from the onset of symptoms to eventual diagnosis. I am fascinated w the transformative power of the diagnostic moment #crohns #socdx
Boy am I feeling that energy path/incremental change tummy right about now!
In reality, there are no Dr Houses (and it’s probably n out Lupus, even if it might be other #autoimmune stuff)! 😜
“It soon dawned on me that it might not be possible to have my illness understood the way I needed it to be”. The constant fear of illegitimacy, even when you have a diagnosis: maybe it’s all in my head, maybe I should just be dealing w it better.
“Am i really sick?” The constant doubt & sense of alone-ness bc it’s not possible to truly share #LivedExperience with others & language so often falls short of what we need it to do when communicating this kind of internal & psychological & social experience
#HealthSystems knowledge & #HealthCapital v important to succeeding in interactions with with #AusHealth system, esp as a public patient. #healthwork #KnowledgeWork
The fragmentation of
the health system & its parts. The heightened sense of disconnection sitting in doctors’ waiting room. Presenting oneself as an “easy” patient who is easy for a hcp to be compassionate to - #healthwork #EmotionWork @Jacinta_Parsons
The power of nurses giving connection & care, the ones being there at 3AM, talking to you. -.@JacintaParsons
The HOPE imbued in each new relationship with a new doctor in the public system & the work & stress of having to recalibrate & make new connections with a new person. Medical relationships are not actually transitive.
The importance of doctors having the life experiences to understand “what it means to be broken” - helps to develop their empathy & compassion. @Jacinta_Parsons suggests that this might be partic nec for drs who have a history of being high achievers & valuing success
Although I’ve also been thinking this a lot over the last few wos in the context of having been in a pub - teaching - hosp, where teaching/learning grps are the norm & you overhear teaching rounds & meet students & see the Registrar w the Residents but also with the Consultant!
&the fact of imperfect knowledge & constant ongoing learning& “failing better” is also really normalised, I’m both practice but also in case formulation & developing treatment plans. Esp since being interviewed by the Residents for their LongCaseStudy & finding out the pass rate!
Reminds me of a podcast about attitudes towards failure I listened to a month or two ago where the pingpong champion narrator was highlighting the attitude differences to learning / success / failure & esp learning-from-failure in health & aviation vs e.g. education
@Jacinta_Parsons on the difficulties of remaining in laid work & being forced to inhabit a world not built for the complexity and diversity of our health.
The power of diagnostic testing & imaging: going under anaesthetic & the nothingness of it, becoming disconnected from your body, but the strength of @Jacinta_Parsons’s HOPE for “something good on the other side”. How fricking resonant for me this month of all months.
I DO feel seen.
*paid work
@Jacinta_Parsons draws links between the #COVID19Vic experience more generally & #chronicillness more generally - coming to inhabit the new normal of the #KingdomOfTheSick (as Susan Sontag or Arthur Frank might Call it). something important about the #chronicity & relentlessness
of it, & of the isolation.
JP commenting on the difficulties of navigating a fragmented medical system & even just existing as a unified, complete human being when experiencing overlapping conditions - as so many of us w #autoimmune #chronicillness do. It can be so hard not to compartmentalise...
...when we’re constantly up against a whole lot of disparate aspects of the #HealthSystem. No kidding! Signed, someone who was seen by Infectious Diseases, General Medicine, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Rheumatology & Respiratory medicine during my two-week hospital stay...
...and probably need to go see an allergist again soon, too.
The importance of the interconnections of body & mental health in #chronicillness. Or, as @PriceMargaret might put it: bodymind
“Kind eyes over your mask”. 😷😄
Wtf was this tweet ACTUALLY supposed to say? Bloody autocorrect! 😳😆🙄
Here’s a link to the podcast episode: “The Science of Success” with @matthewsyed hosted on @PaulBarclay’s Big Ideas segment. Definitely worth a listen - entertaining as well as edumacational (& told in such a way as to make it all the more memorable).
Oops. HERE’S the link:…
Well done to @julia_zemiro for hosting a fantastic & fast-paced discussion of @Jacinta_Parsons’s new book, “Unseen”, for the @ReadingsBooks launch tonight. Really enjoyed it & lots of food for thought. Clearly need to get my hands on the book ASAP!
*”it’s probably not lupus”. I literally made a doctor laugh out loud last week when I announced, (accurately), “It’s not lupus, it’s just All the Other #Autoimmune Stuff”! 😆 Alas, the Intern was far too young to know what I was talking about. 🤣 @steve_kambouris @BattenbrgBarbie
= “Boy am I feeling that [difficult path to legitimacy/ the difficulties of dealing with & understanding the significance of incremental change while you’re living it] thing right about now!”

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