We share stories about bad doctors all the time. I have a few about doctors and other practitioners for whom I am profoundly grateful:
The (younger) doctor at my Well Woman check-up in my twenties, who was the first to palpate lymph nodes and thyroid during my breast exam and asked, "what are your doctors doing about this goiter?" I said, "I didn't know I had a goiter, you're the first to mention it?" Endocrinologist appointment, and thyroid medication procured shortly after.
The massage therapist at Kiva, in Santa Cruz, who asked my permission to massage my belly/abdomen. He unlocked access to breathing capacity that my anxiety had stolen, all unknown to me. He also gave me the skills to ease a tender and tight psoas muscle, which has helped with my chronic pain.
The physical therapist at Kaiser who didn't warn me that stretching out my overworked pectoral muscle on my mousing-arm would feel like broken glass under my skin, so I wouldn't tighten in anticipation, and who kept going while I vocalized and breathed through the pain. Four years later, I still do her PT exercises in a doorframe, frequently.
Our massage therapist for years, Nadine, made house calls. She's a big part of why I have recovered from the chronic trauma of my knee injury that was neglected for years before I had surgery, and why I was able to recover from the car wreck that broke two major bones in my dominant hand and wrist. She taught me many quick muscle-release techniques that reliably help with muscle spasms and old scar tissue, Bowen Release methods.
And the Second surgeon I saw about the ACL replacement surgery, Dr K, whose work was so good I still think thanks everytime I pass the Hayward facility. Unlike the first surgeon, he didn't expect me to lose many pounds before he would repair the structural problem. He was kind, calm, and clear about showing and explaining what he was going to do, checked with me for comprehension, and that I knew about doing PT religiously post surgery.
And Larry, my chiropractor, whose realignment of my sacroiliac joint many times over the years has made it possible to continue the recovery of functionality in my leg and back, and the pain management that goes with that.
Some healthcare professionals are exceptionally good at what they do. Kind, patient, true healers.
in the spirit of doing decade old meta thats definitely old news: it was only like last year that i realised that the rings of akhaten is like foreshadowing for clara and 11′s whole arc. or like, name of the doctor/time of the doctor. which i think kinda concludes a separate arc for 11 and clara because 12 and clara are kinda different together right?
clara offering up her life (lives), her leaf of potentialities, to the sun god to save the doctor? like her jumping into the doctor’s timestream and becoming every one of the potentialities she could have been. and the doctor giving up all their lives in protection of these innocent people (the people of christmas and the people of akhaten) and this innocent child (barnable and merry). as if this doesnt look like regeneration:
DOCTOR: And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze. So come on, then. Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!
DOCTOR: You think you can stop me now, Daleks? If you want my life, ha, ha, come and get it!
also that song from akhaten plays again when he regenerates for real
ALSO, they call that sun god GRANDFATHER I MEAN THEYRE NOT SUBTLE
anyway that casually intimate marriage conversation in "sam accelerates" is 100% the best moment of season 6. in this essay i will
i think the most frustrating thing abt q slur discourse is ppl always bring up how gay and lesbian are used derogatorily and no one makes a fuss abt those, but like. there's a difference between straight ppl treating gay and lesbian as dirty words bc they view being gay/lesbian as a negative, and using a word that initially didn't mean lgbt to obliquely refer to lgbt ppl in a dehumanizing way.
i don't mean to draw a race comparison but like, it's similar to the way white ppl will sneer when saying the word chinese esp using the word as a noun (think tr*mp lol) vs chink as an actual anti chinese slur. they use the word chinese derogatorily bc they see chinese ppl as lesser and see the fact of being chinese as a negative, while chink specifically is an alternate word invented to refer to chinese ppl to dehumanize us
may i never miss the quiet wonder in each moment; may the world greet me as excitedly as i greet the world; may miracles unfold when i need them most; may hope cling to me when darkness seemingly prevails, and may i never abandon the courage to continue onward, despite how courageous i must be to do so.