Invisible Illness and Disability Bingo 1.0
Author’s note: This is a revised version of a bingo card that I made some time ago.
While I don’t feel like I should be required to justify the lowermost right square, there was some confusion and pretty ooky pushback when I posted version 1 on my own blog. I’ll explain that square anyway, for CMA purposes: I am aware that pot works for many people with chronic pain, and personally have no issue if people other than myself use it. I’m an advocate of finding what works for you; whether it’s a pill, plant, pilates-esque routine, or something else, your course of pain management should be your choice.
What I am referring to with this bingo card — as a whole — is the commonplace, rather irritating tendency of some able-bodied people to suggest — without knowing about the medical history of (or, indeed, much about) the person they are “trying to help” — remedies or treatments that may be totally inappropriate for that person, due to various (personal) reasons. In short, what works for you may not work for me, and vice versa; how I wish I could have articulated this to the folks who have “helpfully suggested” that I smoke pot or obtain other illegal “meds” to help with my pain!
Okay, explanatory note/rant over. Onto the bingo card! I hope you all have your chips ready.
Special thanks to Ouyang for suggesting the “Diet and Exercise!!1” free space.
Text translation: card has white text on a black background. Title (in white) reads, “annaham presents: Invisible Illness Bingo 1.0,” followed by “Now With Straighter Lines” in red:
First Row, Square #1: All that’s keeping you from being healthy is a positive attitude!
First Row, Square #2: My ex/friend/co-worker had that, but he/she was just a hypochondriac.
First Row, Square #3: Maybe if you lost weight/found a man/read The Secret, your problems would be solved.
First Row, Square #4: Why can’t you just suck it up, get out of bed, and find a job like the rest of us?
Second Row, Square #1: Lucky! You get to stay in bed all day.
Second Row, Square #2 (middle square): Free Space/DIET AND EXERCISE!!!11
Second Row, Square #3: You don’t look sick/you’re just complaining too much
Third Row, Square #1: Obviously, you get something out of being sick. Otherwise, you’d get better!
Third Row, Square #2: If I haven’t heard of it, then it doesn’t exist.
Third Row, Square #3: But I went through hard times too, and I got through it. Let’s talk about what a great person I am.
Third Row, Square #4: You have it so much better than some people! Think of the starving children in Africa…
Fourth Row, Square #1: Let go and let God/Power of prayer/God is punishing you
Fourth Row, Square #2: You just want an excuse to be lazy and have people pity you.
Fourth Row, Square #3: Why haven’t you tried crystals/vitamins/other dubious “cure”? IT REALLY WORKS!!!
Fourth Row, Square #4: Smoke pot/take illegal drugs. It will totally take care of your pain, man!
Also posted at Ham.Blog