Saturday, August 19, 2017
TAKE AN ADVOCATE TO "ALL" HEALTH- RELATED APPOINTMENTS.
(including functional med, naturopathic docs, specialists, etc)
"The Buddy System" is the most POWERFUL PETITIONING we can all do right now.
It ensures your voice is being heard, plus you have a back-up voice on your behalf , and someone is taking helpful notes for later review---plus, as I have experienced, you'll also see your doctor perk-up and get quite animated and much more involved. (Accountability is a wonderful thing.)
It just doesn't make sense for anyone to see a health practitioner by themselves EVER. Anyone visiting a doctor/practitioner is there because he or she is unwell and vulnerable and, as many of us have discovered quite unexpectedly, medicine/health care today can be a very dangerous business.
Unlike medicine of yesteryear, doctors today are armed with an arsenal of drugs--and they are quick to prescribe them, as we know. (see: /big-pharma-now-kills-more-people-than-illegal-drugs/)
Shocking, and not, thyroid patients make up a HUGE portion of the "daily bread and butter" for most doctors. Two previous doctors of mine told me that 50% of their business was thyroid related. They rely on repeat customers, and they are quite happy with the current turn-style system. Why change a good thing?
I have also met many in the "holistic medicine biz" who are equally "sketchy"---they too have concoctions and protocols for "health" that can quite often lead to dangerous (and expensive) outcomes.
Also, in the spirit of keeping this very real, we have also seen countless people walk away from appointments without any positive resolution and resorting to "imploding stressful frustration" (making them sicker!). They are "stuck" expressing this anger to outside sources --including social media where Facebook pages are packed with ongoing woes and lamenting.
The result being that nothing really changes and the victimization "loop" continues --which further points to the powerlessness inherent to the dis-ease itself.
I know that, in my case, had I not eventually thought to include my partner on this confusing journey, and slowed down the "rush to drugs," I would be led to believe I had all sorts of disorders and syndromes and conditions---and today I would be hopped up on a dizzying concoction of several toxic pharmaceutical drugs. It was imperative that I had someone to research and weigh things out with me, and really focus on ME, and take the time to figure out what actually made sense!
It took us some time, and much grief and suffering, to unravel and unhook many ingrained beliefs about the system itself, ( I was conditioned to believe my doctor was God-like), as well as to learn to "stand up and speak clearly for what is right and humane."
As the saying goes, "Just because that's the way it's always been done, doesn't mean it's right."
I believe that this "buddying up" should now be mandatory, the "new normal."
In fact, it is surprising to me that doctors don't require this of their patients. It only serves to ensure their instructions are being understood and that their patient is being well cared for---which is the doctors' top concern...right?
I know for a fact that when an advocate is present the doctor will be MUCH MORE attentive and thorough. He or she might still be completely incompetent regarding thyroid issues and HEALTH, but at least now there is a sounding board present to witness and review this incompetency with you, so you don't walk away thinking it's you who's at fault!
As one example, of many, when I expressed to my doctor early on that I did not think Synthroid was right for me, her reply was, "Well, I have many patients taking it, and they are ALL just fine." I left feeling as though I was disappointing her, like I must be "the worst patient EVER"--just what I needed: more guilt! I know that had I dug deeper, a good number of those "fine patients" are quite likely not expressing themselves and are quite likely accommodating on-going symptoms with more drugs.
I've met some of those "feelin" fine" Synthroid people and they are led to believe that "their thyroid is fine" because the lab values say so!, so they are then led to believe that all their other symptoms are completely unrelated to their autoimmune issue, and therefore they are in need of MORE DRUGS. This is another sick loop that keeps patients spinning round and round.
And, to add to this, there is the fact that ALL in the health care industry say they are overworked, stretched to the limit, and this of course leads to rushed, often mismanaged, patient care. Although they are well-intentioned, this lack of resources and haphazardness ALWAYS leads to mistakes. An advocate can help to ensure medications and protocols are followed and properly executed. ( Let's not forget that hospital errors rank among the top three causes of death in the US,)
Now is a good time to BUDDY-UP!
There are just way too many people, mostly women, sitting in doctors' offices, in the middle of the afternoon, day in and day out, with no progress, and no hope.
Tell everyone you know to do this.
Take your partner, a neighbor, a co-worker, or reach out to a thyroid/women's health group in your area and ask for a buddy/support.
It works like this:
We don't take new action....and we don't see new outcomes.
We take new action ....we see new outcomes.
By "buddying-up" we stop victimization and end martyrdom.
We make no more excuses.
We bypass the nonsense.
We honor self-worth, dignity, and integrity.
Teaming up for health demonstrates tremendous commitment, resolve, courage and conviction.
It sends the message to Big Business that we mean BIG BUSINESS.
WE RAISE THE LEVEL OF CARE WHEN WE RAISE THE LEVEL OF "CONSUMER EXPECTATION."
This is critically important...
BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD END UP WHERE MANY HAVE ENDED UP.
As I write this, and as you read this, I know from my own experience that "someone somewhere" has just left a doctor's office, alone, with a careless and potentially dangerous prescription, a blow to her hope and prosperity, and tears streaming down her cheeks....
BE THERE FOR SOMEONE AND ASK THEM TO "PLEASE, PAY IT FORWARD."
"Walk Talk Dance Sing" on Vimeo is here
Is it also available to view on Reelhouse
PS I am happy to visit appts with anyone in the Vancouver or Grande Prairie area who needs an advocate. Feel free to PM me here any time.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
MIND AND BODY:
THE PSYCHE is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious (and subconscious). It is the "unconscious mind" where all of our memories and past experiences reside, and art expression ( painting, music, poetry, dance, etc) can reveal this personal storehouse and help us see things with new clarity, and "unravel," leading us to the root of dis-comfort, dis-connection, dis-ease.
The unconscious mind stores the memories that have been repressed through trauma and those that have simply been consciously forgotten and no longer important to us (automatic thoughts). It’s from these memories and experiences that our beliefs, feelings, habits, and behaviors are formed (the stories that ultimately run our lives.) Keep in mind that most of what is stored here was programmed in early life, before the age of seven. The unconscious-self is where a wealth of whole health information resides, ready to be revealed and healed through expressive arts and other "energetic wellness modalities," opening pathways and the restoration of energy and freedom.
An Expressive Art Therapist is a skilled counselor and compassionate witness to the growth of each individual. This witness, creating a safe and nurturing space, helps to bring the necessary clarity and understanding to each individual's holistic health journey.
Photo: Sophie Babeanu, Expressive Art Therapist,
featured speaker, "Walk Talk Dance Sing"...
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Unraveling My Hashimoto's Affair:
Many of you have told me how much you have connected with the "relationship metaphor with Mr. Hashimoto," which is original to, and woven through, "Walk Talk Dance Sing"-- revealing the "romantic" layers to this health affair (swoon, ;) )
This seemed a perfect fit as I was crafting this script and looking for ways to "humanize this issue." I wanted to avoid stifling this issue further with a strictly "medical and technical 'numbers' experience."(We all know how helpful that has been!)
Instead, I chose to get to THE HEART of the matter using a creative narrative, with imagery that allowed for a more visceral viewing experience.
The "hashi-relationship" shows up in many ways in WTDS, including the relationship to "doctors and the system," relationship to the dis-ease itself, and our relationship with ourselves--highlighting where we experience the abuser/enabler dynamics of :
- removal from society/isolation/dwindling confidence
- and fear.
I created this powerful metaphor of a relationship with Mr. Hashimoto as a means of elucidating how we initially "externalize" this health issue and remain dis-empowered. We imagine we are somehow "disconnected" from it, as though we somehow "caught a flu bug" or "it's a genetic thing to which we are powerless victims."
As I see online thyroid pages adopt this "personalization of the disease process" and offer their take on Mr. Hashimoto, I am compelled to preserve and protect the original progressive WELLNESS intent and integrity of the metaphor and the genuine message:
This wellness journey is one of ENDING the relationship, recognizing the patterns of "blame, anger, complaining, and co-dependency," and taking full ownership/responsibility for the relationship one has with ONESELF.
This is all about "evolution" and NOT remaining stuck in the belief that anything OUTSIDE of oneself is the cause or the answer, moving beyond the deeply ingrained "Damsel in distress" archetype.
As Dr. Gabor Mate so perfectly states: We are not to "blame" for our condition, we are not "at fault" here, we did not willingly/knowingly bring it on, but we are RESPONSIBLE (Response-Able)."
A "very passionate" viewer writes:
"This is the most awesome video! It touched me deeply! The presentation is ingenious & it drew me in further with each chapter!. By the end, I felt like I had connected with so much of the pain I held within the cells of my body which is no doubt a huge trigger for my Hashi's! Thank you so much!"
Read: excerpt from "When the Body Says No" by Dr. Gabor Mate
View Walk Talk Dance Sing
Photo credit: DL, "I'm ready for my solo part now."--as shared by voice coach/therapist, Julie Blue, featured speaker in WTDS