I first want to start out to say that the opioid and recovery topics bring me back to House MD, which has to be my favorite TV drama that has to do with medicine. However, in regards to class this week it was interesting to hear from people who deal with this issue and are still in college pursuing on. Though I agree with most issues or develop a personal opinion after class each week, with this one I am still indecisive (but that’s something I could rant about in more than one blog post). In regards to personal action I think the first effective step is to not avoid the issue and to acknowledge that it exists. People do forget that their opinion and support can affect the way someone feels about themselves and their situations and what we say can just make emotions worse. I think in future if more knowledge or sessions come offered about patients in recovery I could take advantage, but I do not plan to go any further voluntarily or proactively into the issue. Again that is my personal opinion — I would take actions to an extent and hopefully you would too.
Also, David in class did tell us that in his day he will see his fellow recovery friends within almost every 5 minutes here in Ann Arbor. I think we forget that we encounter these people daily and that we do not know anyone’s story just by looking at them necessarily. This also brings me back to MTV show “If You Really Knew Me,” for if you didn’t know it is about when students and figures express the sad but true realities of their lives. My high school did this event every year and it really makes you stop and reflect and realize how selfish our problems are. Someone always has it worse. Yes Bio 172 is thrashing me like Hulk did to Loki, but at least I don’t have to be labeled as a student in recovery. Though if I did have that label, which isn’t impossible, I would embrace it because it would be apart of me. I do think that you and all people should remember that when things don’t seem okay, or it is the worst day ever (I’m having those more than often now). These are the steps I take daily, I hope maybe you do too even if it is a mindset you carry temporarily. Do you agree that it takes personal reflection? Is it more complicated than that to you is so, why?