guest post by Anita White.
This narrative of my recent trip to Urgent Care and the Emergency Room is like many of the graphic medicine chronicles I have drawn over the years. This story documents moment-to-moment procedures that happened as well as my philosophical musings about being a patient. I place this story within the larger narrative of the current War in the Ukraine. My passing challenge of being in ER led me to feel a lot of gratitude and humility for how well I was cared for, knowing that people half a world away were suffering so acutely.
I have been a Documentary Drawer for years chronicling events as they happen. Drawing helps me stay in the moment and cope with challenging situations. I try to let “Life Tell the Story” As things evolve and get more complex my mantra “Nothing is So Scary You Can’t Draw It!!’ helps me navigate those moments.
My spiritual toolbox contains the Faith, Hope, Humor and Trust I need in order to “Draw my way through” many rigorous events such as caregiving, death and grief. I am indebted to my late husband Josh for learning how to draw with compassion and empathy through his long complex medical journey until his death. In drawing through grief I found unexpected gifts of humor and whimsy despite my great loss.
Here are my drawings and philosophical musings about my recent trip to Urgent Care and ER. set within the larger historical backdrop of these times. My gratitude lingers with those who came to my side and for the mystery of the Divine Hand that is always there.
Ed note: We featured Anita’s earlier documentary graphic medicine work in this Spotlight post. Thank you, Anita for allowing us to publish this piece to our site.