A cautionary tale of skill knowledge. "The amount of opioids prescribed in 2015 was still more than triple the level in 1999, and varied widely by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." The problems concerning overdoses and addiction, by the many, is explained with "It's all in their heads. They are head cases. That's how they get hooked." Physicians, insurance companies, and business companies are seeing the psychiatric connections for genetic and biological origins. All of which are, now, gradually, being seen as intertwined for routine care medical care. Wee have just begun.
I remember feeling like a "drip" in patient conferences. Especially, the indifference to the mental health issues for my HIV student and my cancer patient. The physical issues over-shadowed the mental ones. A number of times I would walk out feeling "drippy". I would throw cold water on my face before returning to my classroom. Reminding myself of my lesson for my children, when they used the expression, "I feel like a drip!" for their sappy emotional feelings.
The Drip effect, in particular, brings Kerrie to mind. She was the first. I recall, grasping the teaching moment. I had rushed to our sink and had turned the faucet to drip. I silently watched the drops. The room began to quiet in vary degrees, but I out-waited the most resistant. As we all listened to the drip, I would explain that at times each one of us feel unpleasantly drippy.
Then I held a glass to catch drips and I said,"But the great thing about drippy ideas or the drips that you think that you are is; that you can build up and flood the world with new ideas. Continuing metaphorically, Ideas seem drippy because they are new and make us uncomfortable with changes in ourselves and others. The next time you feel like a drip, take a few gulps of water and flood yourself with a new positive thought; or get together with a few other drips and flood the world with new, young ideas. Simply trying will flood you with warmth."
These are the young children, who, often use drugs to alleviate pain. The drug opioid overdosed problem of today began with separation of fields of care. Their physicians deal with the physical needs while overlooking the underlying issues. Multiple medications or increased dosages are, sometimes, prescribed leading to over medicating and overdoses.
I'll take a long drink of water and, with my skill knowledge, push a "drippy?" idea; non-isolation of mental health care and medical care.
Here comes a drippy idea. Let's create a flood!
Kaye is a teacher and author of multiple works including Valerie Valentine Visits Vincent Vampire