How Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously – The Atlantic

As we loaded into the ambulance, here’s what we didn’t know: Rachel had an ovarian cyst, a fairly common thing. But it had grown, undetected, until it was so large that it finally weighed her ovary down, twisting the fallopian tube like you’d wring out a sponge. This is called ovarian torsion, and it creates the kind of organ-failure pain few people experience and live to tell about.

…Other nurses’ reactions ranged from dismissive to condescending. “You’re just feeling a little pain, honey,” one of them told Rachel, all but patting her head.

…The average emergency-room patient in the U.S. waits 28 minutes before seeing a doctor. I later learned that at Brooklyn Hospital Center, where we were, the average wait was nearly three times as long, an hour and 49 minutes. Our wait would be much, much longer.

…The diagnosis of kidney stones—repeated by the nurses and confirmed by the attending physician’s prescribed course of treatment—was a denial of the specifically female nature of Rachel’s pain. A more careful examiner would have seen the need for gynecological evaluation; later, doctors told us that Rachel’s swollen ovary was likely palpable through the surface of her skin.  ….And every nurse’s shrug seemed to say, “Women cry—what can you do?”

Nationwide, men wait an average of 49 minutes before receiving an analgesic for acute abdominal pain. Women wait an average of 65 minutes for the same thing. Rachel waited somewhere between 90 minutes and two hours.

…Later, she’d tell me that the hydromorphone didn’t really stop the pain—just numbed it slightly. Mostly, it made her feel sedated, too tired to fight.

…If Rachel had been alone, with no one to agitate for her care, there’s no telling how long she might have waited.

It was almost another hour before we got the CT results. But when they came, they changed everything.

…That’s when we lost it. Not just because our minds filled then with words like tumor and cancer and malignant. Not just because Rachel had gone half crazy with the waiting and the pain. It was because we’d asked to wait our turn all through the day—longer than a standard office shift—only to find out we’d been an emergency all along.

…Rachel’s physical scars are healing, and she can go on the long runs she loves, but she’s still grappling with the psychic toll—what she calls “the trauma of not being seen.”

How Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously – The Atlantic

My gawd….

Murder of North Korea’s Kim Jong Nam: Timeline of intrigue

The latest news — Malaysia is recalling its ambassador over Kim’s death and summoning Pyongyang’s own representative in Kuala Lumpur after he accused his host country of conspiring with “hostile forces” in its investigation.

...After news of the death broke Tuesday, Malaysian authorities announced they would be conducting an autopsy as part of its investigation — something North Korean officials later said they would not accept unless their officials can witness the procedure.

Pyongyang’s ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, said Friday the country would reject the results of a “forced” autopsy on one of its citizens and demanded the immediate release of the body.
But Selangor Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat said without DNA from a next of kin, they wouldn’t hand over Kim Jong Nam’s body or release the autopsy report, which could reveal the cause of death.

CNN: Murder of North Korea’s Kim Jong Nam: Timeline of intrigue

Whaaaaa???? So fricking weird!

Chris Wallace To Reince Priebus: ‘You Don’t Get To Tell’ The Press What To Do

“He said that the fake media, not certain stories, the fake media are an enemy to the country. We don’t have a state-run media in this country. That’s what they have in dictatorships,” Wallace told Priebus on “Fox News Sunday.”

…”We covered all of that,” Wallace interjected. “Here’s the problem. When the President says that we’re the enemy of the American people, it makes it sound like if you’re going against him, you’re going against the country.”

Chris Wallace To Reince Priebus: ‘You Don’t Get To Tell’ The Press What To Do

We’ve all gone through the looking glass with Alice. Fox news defending the right to criticize a Republican President…. What’s next? They are going to start focusing on the inequalities facing women and people of color of non Christian religions in this country???

Congresswoman Grace Meng’s Menstrual Equity Bill to Make Tampons Accessible

An op-ed by Congresswoman Grace Meng.

Congresswoman Grace Meng’s Menstrual Equity Bill to Make Tampons Accessible

Wow. The fact that some women could have this problem never occurred to me. I’m not sure how any society could call itself civilized when half its members are in danger of being subjected to this type of humiliation.

Good on you, Congresswoman Meng, good on you.

Growing Up Jehovah’s Witness: ‘Higher Education Is Spiritually Dangerous’ 

….a Jehovah’s Witness, and like many others in the faith, he was homeschooled his whole life.

…My dad told me that he knew people who were into science, and it dragged them right out of the organization, right out of the truth.”

…The view that higher education is spiritually dangerous is very common among Witnesses, and for Linderer, it meant that his parents wouldn’t support him going to college.

…Research shows that only 9 percent of Witnesses get undergraduate degrees. That’s well below the national average of 30.4 percent and the lowest of any faith group. The likely reason for this trend is the religion’s official warnings against college.

…continual association with non-believers in an academic setting can “erode thinking and convictions.”

Witness leadership also discourages higher education because they believe it’s a waste of time. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been predicting the end of the world since the religion’s founding at the end of the 19th century. 

…Pew research also shows that Jehovah’s Witnesses are among the lowest earners of any religious group.

Source: Growing Up Jehovah’s Witness: ‘Higher Education Is Spiritually Dangerous’ : NPR

Keep them dumb because stupid people are more subservient?