“Common sense is not so common” is probably one of the truest statements. I’ve experienced this a lot throughout my journey 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️ unfortunately. I’ve always heard people talk about it, but I didn’t fully understand it, or experienced it in such extent. Well! I do now🙄
They’re the kind of situations that if I tell you, you probably won’t believe me, because you’d have to be there and see it for yourself to believe it. You would think that I’m crazy, or that it’s impossible🙄😂. I’m just going to give a few examples in this post, because if I tried telling you about every single episode I’ve experienced this, that’d have to be the main subject of my blog, which I’m writing for nearly a year now. Wow🤩! That flew😅! But I’m getting closer and closer to the present moment, so we can say it has taken me a year of blogging to tell my story ✍️ in a nutshell 🥜🙉🙈.
One evening a carer came into my room, after I rang my bell for assistance. “Hi. I would like to brush my teeth” … you won’t believe his question: “what do you need to brush your teeth?”… 🙄🤦🏻♀️ Emmm, I literally asked “what do you need to you brush your teeth?” 😅🤔😂 he then replied: a toothbrush with toothpaste, some water in a cup and a towel… “well, I need the same”. Isn’t that so straight forward? It’s a given really, we all brush our teeth in the same way? I thought it’d be, but wait it gets better 😱🙄🤣, he asks me where do I find these things? 🙄🤦🏻♀️ Emmmm, in my head I think, fu**** kitchen, seriously 🙉🙈…
but instead I politely replied “in my bathroom, over the sink” 🦷🪥
Another funny situation worth mentioning 🙉😂 is when a nurse assisted me during lunch, and I asked for my supplements, vitamin C to be more specific. I had a special holder on the side table with all my teas and supplements neatly stacked. She was going through the bottles, and do you know what she asked me? Which one is it 🙉🤦🏻♀️ Emmm, “an orange tube that (clearly) says vitamin C on it?!” I didn’t actually use the word “clearly”, because I didn’t want to seem rude, but I thought it…seriously what would you do?!
There was so many similar situations, I can’t actually recall them all, but I dealt with at least once a day. Really! usually more! I couldn’t stop wondering how people can actually do that. Explaining some of those would be too long and too hard, so I just gave you some easier examples. One of the bigger problems I was dealing with as a resident there was that carers would 8 out of 10 times put my feet in the wrong place on the standing turner (that I’m still using for transfers today) before I stood up. Either too wide apart, too close together, or overall one facing left, the other right. Disaster 😫! I always wondered how people that went through ABI (acquired brain injury) training specifically couldn’t tell that my feet were in the wrong position🤷🏻♀️. Even when you think how you stand (again common sense), you don’t require any training for that 👣. Feet have to be wider apart obviously, you don’t stand up with your feet joined together, do you?!🙉🙈, feet just under your knees, feet straight, it’s that simple, and the right positioning made all the difference (influencing how long I could stay in a standing position), most importantly for safety… I was repeating myself every time, guiding people step by step, nearly every time, but it was just like talking to a wall. I found that people either don’t listen, or choose not to. It was so frustrating that most nights I couldn’t fall asleep, thinking about it for ages! 🤯 Funny anecdote actually, now that I’m home and my dad helps me with all the transfers, I often forget that he knows well how to do it, but I keep guiding him, repeating myself, “you’ve to move this first and then bring in the turner” for example…and he laughs and says: hey! I know this! 😂😅🙈. I remember hearing it from the girls (carers) who looked after me regularly as well🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️. I’m just programmed to guide people who help me (never trusting anyone to do it right-again that’s just from experience), because I used to do it being a resident in Orwell for 3 years. 😂🤭I have to shut up! 🙉🤐😂
🦋 Being honest will not get you a lot of friends, but it’ll get you the right ones 🦋 ~John Lennon
I’d end up like this guy if I just waited 👆😂🤷🏻♀️. So after brainstorming all night in Orwell, I came up with a solution. I’d ask my physiotherapist to place my feet in the right position for standing on the standing turner platform, use a marker, and mark around my feet 👣. That morning I asked him to do that, surely now whoever is helping me would definitely put my feet inside the traced footprints🦶🏼, this couldn’t not work, you’d think… I’ll probably surprise you, but it didn’t for everyone! Some people would place my feet outside the clearly drawn footprints, and ask me if that’s okay? 😱 seriously… just as I thought things couldn’t get any worse. I was stunned, thinking did she really just ask me that🙄😱, or am I going crazy?! 🤔🤯, how can you put something outside of clearly drawn lines and not see that it’s not in the right place?! 🤷🏻♀️ I’ll never forget looking down seeing my feet on the standing turner platform with the traced footprints to the sides, thinking to myself how? Like how can you ask me if that’s okay?, when it’s so obviously not inside the imprints? 🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ I’ll never know…
Rant over😂😜🙉🙈🙊! I had to pour my frustration out “on paper” ✍️. I have to admit that back in that moment, when experiencing these situations, I felt very frustrated and annoyed, sometimes even angry 😤🤯, but now looking back I can just laugh at it 🤷🏻♀️😂. I have a definite moral of the story, the saying “common sense isn’t so common” is one of the truest statements ever! 💯 I’m talking from experience 🙄🤦🏻♀️. This year especially 🦠2020🦠 just reassured me in this 🤦🏻♀️👇🏼
Steering a little bit away from the subject, one afternoon I rang my bell asking for a cup of coffee☕️. No milk, no sugar (I try to stay away from dairy, and I don’t use sugar). It was a nurse 👩⚕️, I won’t ever forget her surprised face expression: no milk😳🤔? You don’t drink milk? 😱, “No. Just black please”. Where do you get your calcium? 🦴💪When I answered her, she looked at me as if I had 3 heads 😳⬅️ literally her face expression. 😅😂 When I was writing NO milk, NO sugar I was reminded of a funny scene from my favourite tv show 😂😂😂👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
I’d rather be honest than impressive, this is why I always say how it really is (no matter how brutal 🤷🏻♀️), that’s one of the things that changed about me throughout this journey- I learnt to really speak up (well I try my best in real life-work in progress. On my blog it’s easier because it’s in writing, I’m as honest and as transparent as I can be here💁🏻♀️). I recently read in a book that encourages taking an action when you’re not satisfied, that actually it’s an act of self-love. How many times did you think to yourself, oh I won’t tell this person how I really feel, or someone was slipping in school/work, when you were working on a project, basically not putting any work and ignoring you and your team mates. You’d feel guilty reporting them, right?! Most of us have this nature where we think- I’ll just ignore the fact that I’m unhappy, and be nice. I don’t want them to think badly about me (so I just won’t say anything). Or when we’re dealing with a loved one, maybe it’s a situation where their diet/nutrition has a bad effect on them and maybe they’re already dealing with an illness? Would you feel guilty saying something? Perhaps afraid of hurting them? Is caring and wanting an improvement such a bad thing? …🤔 Why are we so afraid of telling the truth?
Anyway going back to the coffee situation. My answer was exactly how my current lecturer explained dairy intake in a lecture on Skeletal System (video attached below)👇. The nurse, as I said just smiled sarcastically and looked at me as if I was crazy, saying, “That’s not what I was taught, they’d have to change all the books we learnt from”… in my head I thought well I’m sorry to disappoint, but that’s in fact exactly what needs to happen, but wanting to be polite, I just smiled and said: “Milk isn’t a great source of calcium, in fact it actually leaches calcium away from our bones”. Isn’t it ironic? Were we not always told to drink milk for strong bones? (🇵🇱Pij mleko będziesz Wielki!). Remember all the tv advertisements about drinking milk to grow up strong and healthy? 💪🏼🙄😂 Logically thinking a cow gives birth to a calf, automatically producing food for it, in the form of milk, just like a woman to her baby👶🏻🍼. That cow’s milk is specifically designed for the calf, and contains all the required hormones, fat and proteins mainly. Think about it… just in a few months time this calf grows to be this huge cow 🐄. That’s right! HUGE.
I don’t exactly remember where I watched it (since I watch so many documentaries), but a doctor described a study that was carried out on dairy products in the diet, and the results were shocking😱🤯. Individuals that had the lowest dairy intake 🥛 had suffered the least amount of hip fractures. 😳 Isn’t that a contradiction to what we’ve always been told/taught? I’ll let you have a think about this yourself…
☝🏼 That’s just another proof that we’re taught lies from every direction. Did you know that when a person goes through medical school to become a doctor, they get about 20-25 hours of education in nutrition? (There’s scientific research on this, check yourself!) Isn’t nutrition the essence of health/treating an illness? I seriously think that the world is upside down. Doctors like; Mark Hyman, Zach Bush, Neal Barnard or Professor T. Collin Campbell (famous for China Study), are just some examples of practitioners who understand the importance of nutrition, and decided to upgrade their knowledge about the subject to become better professionals 🍏👨🏻⚕️. Drhyman.com is a great website, really recommend to check it out! 👇🏼
I realise how I touch on more than one subject in a single post, but I write and I go where it takes me 🌊 🤷🏻♀️. Naturally when I write ✍🏼 I think of more and more things in my head🤯, so I’ve to share straight away. I’m hoping that maybe something I mention will interest you, perhaps you can find some useful material here on my blog. I tend to steer a lot towards nutrition🙉🙈, but that’s because I’m so passionate about it 🥰! I always do research on the subject, watch videos/documentaries, read books/blogs, so I’m very happy to share, and recommend some resources. Hence I mention Dr Mark Hyman ☝🏼 Enjoy! 🦋☺️
“ If you are not your own doctor you’re a fool”~Hippocrates
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