To People With Invisible Illnesses, From A Paramedic Who Didn’t Believe You

Invisible Illness

 

By Ashley in The Mighty.

 

I’ve been a paramedic on and off for 10 years now. I’ve seen the good and the bad — probably more bad than good, but I’ve opened my eyes to something different.

I’ve seen people in Facebook groups post about how health care professionals treat people with invisible illnesses poorly because they don’t understand. They’re called fakers, drug seekers or attention seekers. I used to be one of those people. 

When you’re a new EMT or paramedic, all you want to do is fit in. You want to mesh with your partner and get along. You may get matched up with an FTO (field training officer) who’s been on the road one year too long. They’re burned out, and to them, every patient is another call away from their nap or TV show. 

 

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