Frustrated

Yikes. Where has the time gone? Never mind, don’t answer that. I know exactly where all my hours have gone: preparing for work, work, homework, taking care of my daughter, and trying to fix myself, besides all of the usual daily chores. To explain my situation, let’s rewind to the late spring of 2017. I … More Frustrated

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Chronic Illness, Toxic Mold, and Unexpected Death

I haven’t posted lately because my father recently died unexpectedly. He and my mother moved to a slightly warmer state nine years ago. My daughter and I helped them move in, but then her condition worsened over the years so making (and affording) the fourteen hour one-way trip was impossible. I’ve focused many of my … More Chronic Illness, Toxic Mold, and Unexpected Death

Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women

“Women’s health became synonymous with reproduction: breasts, ovaries, uterus, pregnancy. It’s this term we now refer to as “bikini medicine.” And this stayed this way until about the 1980s, when this concept was challenged by the medical community and by the public health policymakers when they realized that by excluding women from all medical research … More Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women

Empathy

I’ve written before that I started writing my book as an outlet for my frustrations after dealing with doctors’ hurtful attitudes for too many years. On the drive home following yet one more upsetting appointment I remember telling my daughter that we needed to find a doctor who had experienced chronic illness firsthand, because then … More Empathy

Thoughts about Women’s Medical Treatment in the United States

I recently read the 2011 second edition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s and Deirdre English’s book, Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness. I highly recommend it for its eye-opening view of women’s medical treatment from about 1865 to 1920. The authors self-published their “pamphlet” in 1973 and I was upset reading their last chapter concerning … More Thoughts about Women’s Medical Treatment in the United States

Doctor Appointments

As I wrote in my first blog entry, my book is a work of fiction. The main character is not as sick as my daughter. I didn’t want to overwhelm readers with too many symptoms and conditions, so I gave Drea only two syndromes, which still provided enough symptoms to portray the experiences of a … More Doctor Appointments