When did it become ok to inquire about private and personal medical conditions or treatments? Do crazy times call for crazy conversations? Did you seriously just ask me that? Allow me to share my thoughts.
Editor’s note… due to the current cen$or$hip with healthy lifestyle bloggers and “the current situation of 2020-2021”, I’m going to dance around the topic but not mention any words specifically. Are we good?
Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld with the Bizarro World… the one where everything “looked” like it was supposed to be, but it wasn’t? That’s how I feel right now.
It seems that lately, with everyone I talk to, either THE FIRST or one of the first things out of their mouth is, “Did you get your ____ yet?” I thought oh maybe these people are comfortable with me because they know me and my health journey.
No. It’s not just friends, family, neighbors… it was the random person in line at the grocery store. Twice. And people in my community who I don’t know personally but casually see out and about.
I get it. I put it ALLLLL out there here on the blog. I’ve shared my health struggles and journey and then some. I want people to be comfortable talking about their health.
But this feels different. And it’s also with people who don’t even know me.
Well-meaning people are taking a personal, private, and even controversial topic and turning it into the lexicon of discussing the weather.
Let me back up for a minute.
Back to me and Pink Fortitude.
Because here’s the thing.
I consider myself pretty open and considerate with people. There are only a few negative character traits I can’t stand. One of those is hypocrisy. I’m not talking about the… we are all human… thing. We’re not perfect cuz there’s Jesus, right.
No… I mean full-on… Do as I say and not as I do… Hypocrisy.
So I’m very sensitive to the fact that I don’t want to be that person. Yes, I get that I put it all out there.
Not only is it THE FIRST thing I am greeted with, but it’s private. And personal. And controversial.
Back to private. Your health privacy is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The law is designed for privacy protection far greater than the casual conversation at the checkout line of the grocery store. But it’s still the law.
And we’re treating it like the weather.
Yeah… just follow my logic for a second.
Well hello there ____ … how was “sessy time” with the Hubs last night?
Hey there ____ … when was your last Pap Smear?
Hi ____ … Yeast infections or hemorrhoids… which bother you most?
Not the kind of initial greeting most of us have with family, friends, or strangers, right?
Are they looking to me for advice if I’m getting it or not with my complicated health history? I don’t think so because it’s also coming from strangers.
Is it because 2020 kept us so cooped up that we are starved for conversation? I don’t think so.
Is it because we are genuinely nosey and inquisitive about someone’s medical status? I don’t think so.
Is it because “this whole situation and the thing we’re supposed to do” is all over the news? Maybe.
Is it because we are taking a mental inventory of who we feel safe hanging out with in the future? Maybe.
I don’t know the answer.
All I know is that it’s FREAKIN WEIRD.
I’m not going to ask you. That’s your body and your decision. I respect you if you do get it. I respect you if you don’t get it. You do what you feel is right for you.
And on the flip side, I expect the same in return.
So if you see me out and about, ask about my Stepson who just got his Eagle Scout.
Or Hannibal, my Pug puppy who is in training to be a therapy dog.
Or my family in general.
Or Pink Fortitude.
Or what I’m growing in my garden this year.
Just don’t ask if I have a bandaid on my arm.
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Love, hugs, and keeping some things private.
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