Why “I’m Fine” is Often Easier Than the Truth When You Have Crohn’s Disease
While I work hard to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information at the time of publishing, as time passes some information may no longer be relevant or accurate. The field of medicine is a constantly evolving science and art. Thankfully! In 1951 a woman was given a lobotomy to treat her ulcerative colitis. That wasn't even that long ago!
"how Are You?"
A simple question.
A question I often find difficult to answer because of my health. I think a lot of people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (or the rare disease that I live with, Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction) struggle to answer this question.
Same thing happens when people ask me if I am feeling better. I don’t quite know how to reply at times.
The easy answer would be “I’m fine,” or something similar.
Having a chronic illness is such a complicated thing. One day you can be fine, the next you might feel terrible. Last week you may have spent in the hospital and this week you’re back to work. It can even change in an instant.
I am sure no one really wants to hear the truthful long answer of:
Sometimes saying “I’m fine” is doing myself a disservice but I haven’t come up with a quick answer to explain to those who don’t really care how I am doing. The truth is that asking, how are you?, is just something people do out of politeness but they don’t necessarily really care to know. Unless it is someone who is a valuable part of my life and who I know cares about the answer then I just answer with “I’m OK” or the equivalent because I don’t want to waste my time or theirs.
This post was edited on 04/02/2019 for appearance, grammar, and clarity, as I transfer my site from Tumblr to WordPress and rebrand Inflamed & Untamed.