Emotional Reactivity

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I want to talk about emotional reactivity. Let’s start by talking about what it means to be emotionally reactive.

When someone is emotionally reactive, they find that they are responding more strongly to normal stimuli. So things that would normal annoy them make them angry. Things that make them a little sad will cause them to cry. In general, being emotionally reactive is a state where it is easier to provoke an emotional response, but that emotional response remains appropriate to the trigger. It is important to note that this is compared to a person’s baseline emotional response. This means it is more of a response then that person would experience.

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My Endometriosis?

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to be talking about my experiences with Endometriosis as an installment in the “My Diagnosis” series. It has been a while since I made a post in this series, but there are several more that I plan on writing. Other things have been filling my mind and thus I have been posting about those rather then about my experiences with my various diagnoses.

Trigger Warning: This post is going to be focusing on the menstrual cycle and pelvic pain. I will be going into detail which some will consider to be graphic. I am aware that discussion of these topics can make some people uncomfortable. If you are one of those people, then this post is not for you.

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Pain Management in the Hospital

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I want to talk about the way that pain is managed (or not) while those with chronic illness are in the hospital.

The first reality that must be mentioned is that there is a significant inequity when it comes to pain management in our current health care system. Women are less likely to get medicated for their pain then men and they are less likely to get adequate pain control. This is equally true if you are a person of color. And if you are a woman of color you will face even more hurdles. There is also the reality that if you have a history of substance abuse you will like not be given any pain management at all. I find all of this this completely disgusting as a nurse and completely infuriating as a patient. I’ve experienced this on both sides. I’ve seen patients that were not being well medicated and I couldn’t account for it beyond their gender or their history of substance abuse. And I have been the patient in pain that has not been taken seriously.

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No, I can’t Just Move

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to be talking about receiving abortion care in America.

I was attending a social event when a comment was made that Roe vs Wade being over turned doesn’t effect very many people and that those it does effect can just move to another state. In the moment, I think my head exploded and I wasn’t capable of giving any kind of intelligent reply. But my brain hasn’t been able to let this go so I’m going to write about it in hopes that it will help me process all the feelings that this triggered in me. Hopefully, it will also help elucidate why I feel that this is such an enormous issue.

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