podcast 3: resilience

Hey, there. Here’s the link to the third podcast. I got busy and distracted, so didn’t toss it out there like I should have.

Look, listen to me. You know the phrase: “Physician, heal thyself.” How many of you save other people’s lives all by yourself? I’ll wait. 

It’s a lie, you see. It’s a lie we’re told when we’re babies in healthcare, and told again as we grow, and now you tell it to yourself and the next generation. 

You don’t save another person’s life all by yourself. Why would you think you can save your own?

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podcast 2: how we care for each other

Hello there, Eve again. For my second podcast I decided to release a poem I wrote on the same theme, of caring for each other.

Resilience is now a buzzword in healthcare. It carries the idea of self-reliance on its shoulders, once again placing the full burden as a caregiver for others and a caregiver for self upon the person who is already carrying too much.

The song “Found / Tonight” with Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Have you ever felt like you could disappear, like you could fall and no one would hear?” is playing as I write these words. “Even when the dark comes crashing through, and you’re broken on the ground, you will be found.” We carry each other. No one should walk this road alone.

Any “wellness package” for healthcare providers that doesn’t encourage and foster community is something either worthless or less than worthless. The idea that we can and should carry the weight alone is…it’s shameful.

Here is my story of how a small group of people cared for me when I was in crisis–how they insisted I needed help, and they provided it.

Blog post for the first podcast is here.

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my first podcast

Hey, you.

Welcome to my very first official podcast. It will take about seven minutes out of your day. I know, a lot of people expect the 30 minute to an hour range, but I have ADHD and I really can’t hang in there that long.

This podcast is based on the theme of caring for each other, which–if you follow me on twitter at all–you know is my passion. I firmly believe that the standard you walk past is the standard you accept, and if we want the next generation of medical professionals to thrive, we have to teach them how to care for each other.

Notice I didn’t say they needed to learn how to take care of themselves. That’s an important distinction. The push lately by the healthcare industry has been to encourage self-reliance and self-care and self-advocacy. All of those things matter. They are all important.

What’s more important to me is the community we create around us. The bonds of friendship. The social networks that nourish and feed us. That’s what this podcast is about.

In this, the first episode, I skip the warm fuzzies. Sorry if that’s not what you’re accustomed to. We’re all in this together. Let’s care for each other.

Resources*:

In the US: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

US Veteran’s Affairs: https://www.linesforlife.org

In the UK: https://www.samaritans.org/

In Oz: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites

and: https://mhfa.com.au/mental-health-first-aid-guidelines

*by no means exhaustive. If you know a good resource for your area that you would like to see here, comment below.

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