What does gangrene smell like? Is it safe to drink with Wellbutrin? What is pica?*
Welcome to Persephone Magazine’s new medical advice column!
I’m Julie, and I’ll be answering all your questions about illnesses, medications, and all manner of health issues. I’ve been a medical writer and editor for over a decade, and I recently decided to switch from writing about medicine to practicing it, so now I’m becoming a registered nurse. I’m here to help with all your health problems; although this column will be woman-focused, I want it to have an inclusive perspective: we’ll be talking about health and medical issues for everyone, including men, people of color, gay and transgender folks, and people of all ages.
So ask away! Are you worried about whether the side effects from your new birth control are normal? Are you transitioning from female to male, but you’re not sure whether breast binding can be dangerous? Want to know how hard it is to become a nurse?** I’m here to help! And if you don’t have a question, but there’s a medical issue you want me to address, that’s fine too. Please note, nothing on the Internet can substitute for seeing a real, live medical professional, so if I suggest that you would be better off talking to a doctor, please listen to me! You can contact me at AskQueenjulie@persephonemagazine.com.
*Moldy Gouda or old Brie; a few drinks are fine, unless you are prone to seizures, which Wellbutrin can make more likely; and eating weird stuff, like chalk or dirt, respectively. Changing gangrenous dressings has ensured that I can never enjoy fancy cheese again.
**One of my many textbooks is 2,500 pages long. I am not kidding. When I started school, I stacked up all my first-semester textbooks and put them on a scale. They weighed 28 pounds–more than my 3-year-old daughter. You think your doctor knows a lot? Fuggedaboutit. Nurses know everything.
Image credits: Hypodermic needle: by Zeathiel on http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1028452. Stethoscope on http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/3545.