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6 responses to “Invisible Illness Bingo.”

  1. tigtog

    Reminds me that I never told you of a conversation where I mentioned the blog etc and got asked a lot of questions and your CFS came up: I got a close cousin of the “If I haven’t heard of it, then it doesn’t exist” square.

    “But if they don’t have any treatments for it, then it is all in the head, isn’t it?”

    I managed to not shriek and pointed out that there are measurable abnormalities found on diagnostic tests. This was said by an otherwise intelligent person, (admittedly with no science education beyond high school) and I was surprised by the level of magical thinking about medical procedures it revealed.

  2. tigtog

    The person wasn’t actually a cousin, I thought the argument was a cousin of the bingo square.

    Sie actually saw the light dawn halfway through my statement about measurable abnormalities, so I think it was more a half-arsed foot-in-mouth moment than a true reflection of hir thinking. Still, sie had to be goaded into thinking it through.

  3. annaham

    Hey, thanks for the link! :D

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