Thoughts After Watching John Oliver’s Episode On Medical Bias
Isn’t amazing how sometimes we look at our lives and think no really it can’t get harder. I mean I have a heart that thinks Victorian feminine ideals is still a thing and a skeleton that thinks Dali is actually an anatomical road map. Pretty rough right?
Not even close. Just because I am trodden on does not mean I am at the bottom of the heap.
I have interviewed a bunch of sick people. You know why most of them are ? They tend to be as pale as I am. Diverse and sick? Please let me know. I would love to have more diverse interviews and stories from your perspective. PLEASE if you are reading this contact the podcast I would LOVE your views.
I am heartbroken after listening to John Oliver’s show. I go through flaming hoops to get my pain meds and I have bones sticking out of my skin. I have had pharmacists shame and deny me meds (Walgreens here’s looking at you). I have been drug tested and questioned about the pain killers my cat was given after surgery. If you are not reading between the lines and getting the clues I am a very pale woman who looks as soccer mom as soccer mom can look and I still get treated like a meth addict walking into a clinic with a list of clients to sell to. Where is the privilege you ask? Where is the privilege when I am not treated the way I should be treated? Hand held to a seat with meds in a discrete bag and a sympathetic smile. Or at least not open hostility and a threat to be put on a “list.”
The privilege is, the police are not called. While I am treated with suspicion I am given my medication, eventually. My life is not free of red tape. It is not free of injustice. Many opportunities do not fall in my lap. Or do they? I am writing this on an iPad using my own WiFi. That is opportunity. I have health insurance. I have a home. I have transportation to my medical appointments. My life does not look like what I consider privilege to look like until I examine it with a different lens.
The take away here. Compassion and kindness first. Your life might be crap but you have 0 idea what another might be fighting uphill, in a battle you have never heard of. I would really like to consciously diversify our podcast. Please help with this. My eyes are opened, late yes, but opened that we need to do better in this podcast getting voices that are more diverse.
I would love comments on this. Open and respectful dialog please.