Carpet shock as metaphor for sickness

This is a cartoon I did during a period of depression. If you have ever been sick, I mean a real illness, not a cold, whether it’s Lupus or MS, Parkinsons, Lyme disease, Chron’s disease, an STD, HIV, or something like a severe back injury which although not an illness leads to chronic pain, there is a moment of shock and disbelief. The irony of taking one’s health for granted until some irreparable damage occurs. And worse, for many of the illnesses above, people just don’t want to tell others. There is a shame factor with some, or a dread of being judged, condemned, seen as an invalid, or pitied.

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About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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4 Responses to Carpet shock as metaphor for sickness

  1. Ah yes- I’ve suffered from some mysterious auto immune problems the past few years, and there’s so much shock and shame associated with it, just as you said. I was called a hypochondriac by my friend, and after that just tried to stop telling people about my pain, because it is real, and it’s hard, and one of the worst things about it is having to feel so alone and ashamed… great post and cartoon, I feel like I could be that little raccoon!

    • kinneret says:

      Thanks. Yes, there is also a thing called phantom pain. I have a relative who has Chron’s which has supposedly stopped but she still has all of this phantom pain. Just doesn’t go away. I think sometimes when people get limbs removed they also have phantom pain. and of course, stress and the body are related so I always when I have stress that the pain instantly goes to my back and my hands.

  2. lbeth1950 says:

    You are so right! I had three surgeries in a short period and found myself feeling humiliated at illness.

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