If you have been following the ESHpodcast from the beginning, you know that I started it while sitting at the hospital as my grandmother transitioned. I actually recorded Ep10 two day after the funeral and was so thankful to have my new ESH community as an escape from the grief.
As my grandmother moved closer to her death, I was aware of her awareness of her body. She was quite forthcoming with how she saw her body in contrast to her spirit and I was aware that while her body was breaking down, her mind was as sharp as ever!! I wondered to myself, what must it be like to be aware of that process—to be consciously aware of changes in your body when there is no change in mind and spirit. As she told me, when I inquired, “If you live long enough, you will see your body breakdown as well!”
I have been working on a piece entitle, The Body, for over a year. In it, I am exploring consciousness and the cognitive orientation of the self. I am intrigued by how the body impacts our sense of self as well as how it impacts other people’s attitudes and actions towards us.
Today’s conversation with Dr. Wilson on bioethics and race was really about medicine and healthcare when one has a racialized body. While I often question the self in relation to the body, today’s conversation makes me wonder how healthcare professionals see the self when the body is racialized and how this perception impacts quality of care as the body starts to break down.
Key Points Discussed:
Pathologizing the black diet
Questioning pain as relating to racialized bodies
End of life planning and end of life counseling for Black Americans
When and how to ask for an ethics council.
Serena Williams and Beyonce’s experience with the medical field despite having money.
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Terms and Concepts:
Bioethics; Medicine; Healthcare; Doctors; Death; Dying; Life; Declaration of Independence; Beyonce; Serena Williams
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