When reading of an accident, I often come across a phrase like “the driver was treated and released”. Or on the news a spokesperson might say “… she is currently receiving treatment”.
Is it just me, or do you wonder what kind of “treatment” they’re getting? How are they being treated? Are they being treated well? Respectfully? Rudely? Patiently?
There can also be a perspective of the assumption that treatment is the same as a cure or a fix, as in “we have treatments for that”. I’ll save that for Part II.
The word “treatment” in the context of illness is a gross oversimplification of what happens to us. It’s almost like a secret language, a code that only a few ever break.
And seemingly missing from this medical version of the word, are the qualities that we would use to describe our experience. If someone asks “How were you treated?”, you’re not likely to recite the litany of procedures done to you: “Well, first they inserted an IV, then they took some blood, then they gave me an injection, blah, blah, blah”. Your first thought would likely be about the qualities of how you were treated. Were they nice to you? Generous? Kind? Empathetic? Patient? Understanding?
So when you advocate for yourself (or someone else), remember that there’s “treatment” and then there’s “treatment”. Both of them matter. I trust you know that you deserve to be treated well while you’re receiving the best treatment available… ~Z