All tagged medical paternalism

Migraine Madness

I woke up on September 1st, 2017, and I knew that it was bad. Instinctively. I just had a gut feeling that everything was terrible. My head hurt. I felt nauseated. I am a synesthete, I have sensory processing differences. I have color associations for letters, words, days, and weeks. “September” for me has always been red. So that morning on September the 1st, that morning that was overwhelmingly bad to its core, everytime I saw something that was red, it popped out at me with such intensity that my head started spinning. Everything grew dark. I started to faint, barely catching myself each time.

Context-Informed Care: A Lonely Path

Today I had my scheduled phone call with my anesthesiologist. The first thing I said to him was, "I am extremely anxious about all medical procedures and get very very frightened in medical settings. Do you feel comfortable dealing with issues like that?" He immediately replied, "Oh yes, of course. We have plenty of anxiety medications for you."