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#Disabled and #FirstGen historian. Research on #DisHist, #HistMed, and #VastEarlyAmerica. Assistant Prof at Kean University. Tweets = my views alone
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Sep 24 6 tweets 2 min read
In my experience, med schools are all talk no action when it comes to disability representation in medical curriculum. Programs do not want to acknowledge the fact that doctors are trained to be ableist. 1/6 Most schools lack any sustained coursework in palliative care, patient autonomy, or cultural awareness when it comes to disabled patients. And it leads to terrible outcomes for patients. Studies show that drs actively turn disabled patients away: 2/…
Aug 31 8 tweets 2 min read
So we'll just compound infections year after year until our already strained healthcare system breaks entirely? Finding a GP is already hard. Finding a specialist for any Long Covid issue is already hard. What happens 5 years in, 10 years in, 30 years in? 1/8 Nursing homes in the US are already wildly neglectful and abusive and suffer a severe lack of staffing. We know Covid can bring on neurological issues and can result in Alzheimers and dementia. So what happens to everyone who needs cognitive support? 2/8
Jul 30 14 tweets 3 min read
Here are 10 things professional orgs could do instead of hosting in-person conferences that are sustainable, support community, and drive networking opps for early career scholars. This is focused on history but can easily be shifted to another discipline. 1/ 1. Ask early career scholars to prepare 3-5 min pitches on their research. Host live on Zoom, create breakout rooms featuring each scholar, and let attendees rotate between each to ask questions. Post clips online for those who cant make it synchronously but want to connect. 2/
Jul 10 5 tweets 1 min read
I didnt think I could be much more disappointed in the US healthcare system, but now I am advocating for my grandmother to get at minimum humane care after developing vascular dementia and wow. Fuck the US. 1/5 Her drs have refused to call or inform her proxy of anything. She's routinely left unbathed, unchanged, in dirty sheets. The food is atrocious. PT/RT/OT take her for a handful of minutes, often less than 10, when sessions are supposed to be a half hour. 2/5
May 11 4 tweets 2 min read
Medical professionals unmasking in light of recent political declarations that the "pandemic is over" just screams to me like a 21st c. replica of the Lister controversy. American drs refused to accept antiseptic practices for decades after it was discovered. 1/4 Despite an abundance of evidence that it saved lives, drs refused to incorporate antiseptic practices. Despite overwhelming data. Depsite clear outcomes. Despite published studies. Lister failed to convince other drs that germs were real, esp American trained drs. 2/4
May 9 4 tweets 1 min read
I made it to 30! Did not expect to survive this long or to spend a decade in the highest highs and the lowest lows. In my 20s I grew into my disabled identity, had brain surgery, got a PhD, completed 3 predocs and a postdoc, founded the DAC, and got a tt job here at Kean. 1/4 I also experienced incident after incident of ableism. From the faculty member at UVa who claimed I wasnt a good culture fit to the numerous committees I freely labored in only to see nothing change. From conferences to interviews to job training, ableism abounds. 2/4
Apr 11 4 tweets 1 min read
"In an incredibly shortsighted approach, ignoring a prevalence of data stating otherwise, the US federal government removed all meaningful COVID protections, enacting widescale ableist policies reminiscent of the era of institutionalization." 1/4 "At the same time, away from public eyes, leadership enacted clean air policies for those with wealth, while launching widespread misinformation tactics to keep the general public worry free and complacent. Hospitals were encouraged to end testing, and to stop reporting." 2/4
Apr 5 7 tweets 2 min read
If youre a disabled student trying to choose a graduate program from those you were accepted to, here are some things I should have asked or negotiated in my acceptance 1/7 1. Housing. Ask upfront for accessible campus housing. If you can negotiate at all, tell your program you can't consider relocation without stable, affordable, accessible housing. 2/7
Mar 2 11 tweets 3 min read
The past like 6 months I've had terrible urogyn care. I had a UTI, gyn didn't do a culture, gave me 3 day course of meds, I didn't get better. I waited weeks to get a simple appt to do a sample and see an NP. She dismissed my issues entirely. But culture comes back positive. 1/11 Then tells me I'm "too complex" and drops my care. I scramble and go with an infection for weeks waiting for urogyn opening. Surprise I still had the same infection, the 3 day course of meds didn't treat it bc I have a shitty immune system and it was already too severe. 2/11
Nov 12, 2022 14 tweets 4 min read
There's ample evidence that clean air matters when it comes to COVID. And while we've long known this, we're getting more and more studies proving how important this is in #HigherEd. We can keep our classrooms safe with HVAC systems, HEPAs, masking, and other mitigations. 1/12 If you've seen me on campus this term, you will know me as "that lady wheeling around a cart." That is right. I am the lady wheeling around my own HEPA filter because I am high risk for COVID. So having clean air + masking in the classroom/office are vital for me. 2/12
Sep 29, 2022 10 tweets 3 min read
I'm engaging in a lot of encounters lately where people see me masked and ask "oh should I grab a mask?" And I know it comes from a good place, but it can be really exhausting. Why? Let's talk about access labor. 1/10 Time and time again disabled people have to ask permission to be in the same spaces as non-disabled people. We need to ask for access to the building, we need to ask for layouts, we need to ask for captioning, we need to ask for interpreters. 2/10
Sep 18, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
Not wearing a mask indoors right now is the perfect analogy for ableism. When you don't wear a mask, and you look over and see me masked, here's what I can read in your action: 1/7 1. Annoyance. Maybe you think "wow that's excessive." Maybe you roll your eyes. You think I'm over exaggerating the risk and performing for attention. You might think I'm making up a threat that's not there. 2/7
Sep 10, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
If you're teaching this year - brush up on your emergency medic skills. We're seeing unprecedented rates of cardiac issues due to COVID. Do you have protocols in place for emergency med? 1/6 1. Know who to call and try to brush up on your campus/school map. Make sure you know who to call for what issue. Obv 911 will get you a team, but it's good to be generally aware of how close help may be. 2/6
Sep 9, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
Profs who complain that student accommodations are "hand outs" or "unfair advantages"? Please go back in time and prevent yourself from ever becoming an educator. 1/7 Seeing threads on my timeline of SO MANY disabled students struggling. Disabled students make up 15-20% of our college classrooms. They deserve to be there just like anyone else. And they have a LEGAL RIGHT to accommodations. 2/7
Aug 27, 2022 17 tweets 4 min read
A while back I wrote about my medical binder and what I bring to appts as an individual with a complex, multi-systemic genetic disorder. Some people noted that a model could be helpful. As promised, here's a thread on my medical record binder with a model at the end. 1/17 On the first page you'll see a Table of Contents. I keep this at the start of my binder to remind myself where I've slotted in all my records, and I use colored divider tabs between sections and doctors. 2/17
Aug 19, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
We shouldn't be surprised when academic societies put people in power who have critically bad opinions. Obviously this isn't always the case, but most people gain power in the academy through complacency. Visionaries do not often make it. 1/4 Making it in the academy often means agreeing with the status quo, acknowledging existing harms but shrugging when it's your turn to resist discriminatory practices, and keeping hush hush when you see unprofessional behavior. 2/4
Aug 9, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
It really upsets me when doctors roll their eyes at patients who come into the office prepared. I bring with me:
- a binder with my records sorted by body system
- a "short copy" of the most relevant records
- recent labs
- a list of current meds, drs, and their contact info 1/7 I also bring a copy of an agenda that includes
- symptomology of current issue
- ongoing interventions
- questions I have regarding potential treatments.

I need all this because I don't have anyone to serve as a patient advocate. I have brain fog. 2/7
Aug 7, 2022 18 tweets 7 min read
Lots of people have asked for advice on how to make the classroom more accessible. I just want to plug - I'm not a perfect educator. I mess up all the time. I'm also not a specialist in accessible pedagogy. I'm just one disabled person who made it through the system. 1/18 Here's a list of my top 10 recommendations. To be clear I don't always know what I'm doing. I have SO much reading and thinking I need to do to work on my pedagogy. And I need to do better to tap into pedagogy communities. So please take this all as ONE person's approach. 2/18
Aug 6, 2022 13 tweets 3 min read
If you're thinking about classroom policies and accommodations as you draft your syllabus, here are some things to keep in mind. I realize that many of my colleagues don't understand how it works. Feel free to drop questions after reading the thread. 1/13 Disability accommodations are in place to protect universities. They are not the best way to support a student. Getting an accommodation is dependent on a diagnosis, a thoughtful doctor, and a legitimate understanding of disability. 2/13
Jul 30, 2022 16 tweets 4 min read
This year I'm making a commitment to present in virtual conferences alone. I'm going to shift my dues paying memberships to spaces that value disabled and otherwise high risk academics. And I'm going to shift my intellectual labor to these spaces alone. 1/15 Do I have the power to do this? Not really. Will anyone see this as a threat? Probably not, I'm not a big name. But I have a modicum if power and privilege, and I'm going to weaponized that power to build change. 2/15
Jul 28, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
If people talking about monkeypox could just idk remember that immunocompromised people exist? And acknowledge that vaccination and treatment isn't available or effective for everyone? That'd be nice. 1/4 I do not want community transmission of COVID. I do not want community transmission of monkeypox. I do not trust that my very sick body will be up to fighting either of those things. And I do not trust hospitals to keep me alive as an individual with complex health issues. 2/4