So yet another blog inspired by a fellow blogger. This one is about someone that is in the hospital at the moment. She is having a tough time and is on pain meds. This is causing her to no be completely “with it”. In her haze she posted a blog with pictures. Of course, this is showing the dark side of the disease. She has been requested to remove the blog by some loved ones and she doesn’t know what to do.
This brings me to my topic…what is considered decent enough to blog about? IBD has big ups and downs. When the downs hit, they usually hit hard and for many people there are more downs than ups. Some people spend a lot of time in hospitals on pain meds. This is a fact and a way of life for so many people. It can’t be avoided. I have seen so many people talk about how bad they are doing and wondering if they should go to the ER. Whether they are having stricture problems, fistules, abcesses, gallbladder problems, overall pain or a number of other issues it always comes down to “am I sick enough to go to the ER?”.
Now for some of them, they are avid bloggers. If they are spending a lot of time in the hospital, should they just stop writing because they aren’t home? Should blogging just be done when your having a good day? The point of blogging is to get things off your chest and let others know out there that they aren’t alone and inform them of what the disease is all about. That includes hospital stays.
In my opinion, I don’t see anything wrong with blogging from a hospital bed. If you want to take pictures of your ragged self in a gown, then that is fine. It is your choice. If you want to make a video and the hospital allows it, more power to you. People have a choice to veiw these or not. A lot of people like to post pictures of their surgeries and their scars. This could be graphic and again, as long as you post a warning to your blog, and you are ok with showing them..then do it.
What people need to understand is that IBD is an ugly disease. There are a lot of problems that arise from it. If we were to just blog about the good days, there would hardly be anything to blog about. Luckily I haven’t had any really bad days since I started blogging but rest assure, if I do, it won’t stop me.
I am with you, let her blog away, we can take the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I just wanted to tell you I really respect and appreciate this post. ~AK
The good the bad and the ugly. Here is my reply: http://youngcrohns.tumblr.com/post/26574929207/decency-and-ibd
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Now that I’m feeling better, I still don’t regret posting from the hospital. IBD can be ugly, and it’s hard when we’re pressured to hide everything. As far as I know, only healthy people had a problem with my “negative” post, but I don’t write for them. I feel lucky to have a support system of people who understand the ugly side of disease.
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