“Historically, women have been underrepresented in the Healthcare field” Ronnie to Merrill.
Ya know, I struggled with this column. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it forever, the medical community is very condescending in it’s treatment of us, and our conditions. Many suffer with PMS. We’ve been subjected to the insensitive comments, the crude jokes, even the dismissal of our symptoms as we deal with the “irritation” that comes with our bodies, and its monthly journey through fertility. The female body WANTS to be pregnant. That’s what it does…it carries on the family name and prepares for The Sperm, whereas, WE…may not want that honor…just yet. So we’re dismissed, as society and doctors, just sit and shake their collective heads…mocking us…as we struggle with what’s real in our lives. Plan B….I’m not judging you. I’m advocating for you!
It’s funny that I can read all these posts about Big Pharma and their evil, nefarious attempt to take over the world and YET, when I mention the MAP (Morning After Pill-Plan B), the tone changes, the mood sombers and people act like I just took away their right to breathe. I’m not criticizing, downplay, taking away, or even negatively opining against your choice. I do feel like the more we know, the more educated our decision about our bodies can be. Levonorgestrel, the active and sole ingredient of Plan B has no estrogen, therefore the risks of stroke and blood clots has been removed; however, the drug does have a long list of side-effects: significant weight gain, depression, ovarian cyst enlargement, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, respiratory disorders, increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, and death with the risks increasing with each continued use. It is available over the counter, and like Tums, one can just walk up, and purchase the product with no questions asked, and like Tums, there is no education with the purchase. So essentially, a girl (maybe 16), can walk up, request it, and walk out without knowing that based on her weight, she may have needed two boxes…Pharmacists were ordered to put aside their personal feelings and sell Plan B to anyone who asks, but many feel that education of the product will translate to judgment, so they say nothing…as the poor, clueless Little Sister walks out the door.
There’s a lot going on with women’s health. Trying to talk to Pain Management about the back pain I’ve had for 7 yrs now, his opinion was, “It’s muscular” to wit I respond, “NO…it ISN’T”, and honestly, shouldn’t I know a little about my body? Reading about PMS and its evil twin PMDD, I was offended, that the medical community is NOW recommending Peer Therapy (that is GROUPS) as part of a comprehensive package to women’s care. That is, we need to sit down with other like-minded PMS suffers, and discuss our feelings. Two problems with that….there’s no way you’re going to get a bunch of us cramping and angry in the same room together without security, and if we had the time to attend talk therapy, we’d have time for a heating pad and a dark room in solitude. As a side note, I am slightly amused to see that Essential Oils hasn’t been discussed or included in the Comprehensive Plan of Care. It’s insulting that a man can list “cramps” as a chief complain and be treated and educated POST-HASTE, and yet here we have Plan B with no education and no warning sans the ones on the box. It was NEVER meant to be an “every time after sex pill”, but whether through the channels of bullies, or simple ignorance, Little Sisters are not made aware of the risks, or even the correct usage of this MEDICINAL product, so they walk away with a collective fingers crossed. Since I don’t bully easily, I can say with conviction that teaching abstinence (or what I like to call the wing and prayer method to birth control) is NOT ENOUGH. Religious groups, it is great to keep conviction in mind, as that is what God would have wanted, but to stubbornly refuse to council and educate simply because of those convictions violates the Love Rule of Healthcare. If you’re purchasing Plan B more than 3x a month, some condoms and education of their usage, may be of service, BECAUSE…we still have the real Pulp Fiction of sex….Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and sweetheart, if you think pregnancy is bad….wait until you get the oozing, pus sores on your vagina…that’ll keep a man interested. We need to lobby for more education. No more talk therapy, no more birth control (YAZ) that only intensified the insanity of our curse. If we do suffer inequality…it’s in the Healthcare field. Congress had to REGULATE the insurance industry to prevent hospitals from kicking us out within 3hrs of having a baby….Be your own advocate….Educate yourself….Plan B…is NOT Plan A. You dig? Read, ask, learn and listen, before you become a statistic. Okay, gotta go. I’ve had lower back pain for 7yrs (lucky number), and by GOD, we are going to figure this out…even if it means, I have to go to Plan B myself…which is illegal for a nursing student. Some of you…got that. Be Blessed.
Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Thursday.