With a Whimper, not even a sound

CN: moar chronic pain vs codeine discussion, discrimination, 

 

So as you know, codeine was shoved off onto prescription only as of February of this year. That was five months ago. I told you at the time that a previously considerate GP turned into a threatening ‘you really only have anxiety’ monster after a single telephone consultation with the state rehab people, because “the head doctor” said people only take codeine because it hides anxiety and pain will go away with mental health treatment. You know I was lucky enough to find a new GP, who initially gave me not a small amount of grief, but settled into prescribing me just-under-two-weeks worth every two weeks and didn’t ask where I made up the rest. You know he found something actually wrong, for which I’m going through testing, waiting, and more waiting.

 

You may have even gathered that things were looking better for me – I was establishing a new routine, I wasn’t terrified of going to the doctor because I didn’t know if I’d get a script or have to fight for it or go through another unwanted, traumatic test in order to get it.

 

Today, when I left the room, the receptionist kept offering me tissues and then, instead of letting me type to her, shoved me off into a private room and locked me in.

 

Clearly, something changed.

 

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Elementary and Brain Injury

CN: television medicine, physical trauma, medical diagnosis, medical mistreatment, sexual assault, hormonal/menstrual symptoms and headaches/migraines

Contains spoilers for Season Six of Elementary

 

The ending of Elementary season 5 left us with the image of Sherlock Holmes being caged in a TV-version MRI machine (if you ever see one that has a head cage rather than a head rest, do let me know; I’ve been through three models of machine and never seen one) after experiencing what was revealed as hallucinations.

 

Unlike Bones, where the hallucinations were a 1-2-step of hallucination-brain tumour-surgery-fine, it was set up as Something Serious.

 

Elementary returned recently, and gave us what the showrunners consider an answer to this cliffhanger of “what’s wrong with Sherlock”.

 

There are two issues with this answer, which, for the spoiler-concerned, I discuss below the jump. Please bear in mind this is based solely on the first episode, which is all I have access to at this time.

 

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here’s a thought

There should be a reality show.

 

People with chronic pain that is “too hard” or “unspecified” or “weird” can go on, and if the doctors at a carefully selected, high-profile hospital (or a stable of specialists, w/e) cannot diagnose them or improve their QOL, the studio pays for lifetime care and ensures access to pain meds and mobility aids, etc. including access to these same doctors so there is continuity of care.

People would also have access to non-judgmental mental health support, where “it’s just conversion” is a banned phrase.

In exchange, people would have to grant access to their medical records for, say, 2 years prior to their show (2 years being the period for Centrelink use to decide that an illness is permanent), allow testing by the studio’s doctors (this would prevent people just trying to get $$), and agree to be filmed, though their identity could and should be protected.

Maybe then, people wouldn’t be left without access to treatment or medication or be forced into treatment they don’t want, tapered against their will, or otherwise harmed.

 

(Maybe then doctors would just say ‘if you want that apply for the show’ and cut people off anyway, but this is meant to be optimistic.)

Sometimes ‘funny’ is the only word

CN: discrimination moar codeine drama, stigma due to mental health/gender

Remember this? The doctor firing me after I walked out after being told I couldn’t have the script I was already told would be provided, and not being allowed to talk?

 

So I complained about it.

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Risk

CN: moar codeine drama; gender-nonconformi-ness and medical care, mention of genital-related medical issues

 

I saw a different doctor at the same practice. He was nice, apart from two things

  • the guilt trip and ‘you know the risks’ talk, when by now if they really think I don’t know that medications have risks, they should be sending me for a capacity assessment…
  • ‘she’ and ‘Miss’

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