As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
Particularly as I've been in a reflective state thinking about how to manage pain, physical adjustments, as well as the other many factors associated with health history. The many factors led me to think about a question that doctors often ask as follows: on a scale of 1 - 10 which munger would best describe your pain? 1 being the least, and 10 being the highest. This question is a simple tool to gain some sort of patient understanding of pain. On a deeper level sometimes pain levels are affected by other health factors, as well as life stressors. I believe that health care is really a team effort, as well as the initial relational building, between patient and practitioner. Which is why I have been keeping a health journal. Whilst a patient can describe pain levels with a number, what about the factors associated with pain?
I was compelled to draw what my pain feels like. This exercise or self-experimentation with art was receiving, relieving, releasing emotion, and also describing. This form of description not only helps the the doctor / practitioner / health service provider, but also the patient. As I wondered how a simple question such as: Can you draw your pain / express what your body feels? With the use of artistic forms to be an additional tool not only for the medical practitioner, but also for the various philosophies associated with health care. This exercise also reveals the intimate links between human psychology and physiology.
Question: Why does pain have to become visible, before it becomes believable?