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Azure Jane Lunatic (Azz) 🌺 ([personal profile] azurelunatic) wrote2014-01-21 11:32 am


Because of reasons, the following line is in my emergency medical information:

Medical personnel looking to gain my attention, trust, and cooperation should address me as "Azz". Medical personnel retaining a belief that the birth name is a "true name" with power should be aware that I wasn't "[birth certificate name]" until age 6, and then only at school; non-family attempting to gain family privilege by birth nickname get bitten.
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[personal profile] kaberett 2014-01-21 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Now that I have a dedicated top-up-meds bag I carry with me, I should probably print out/laminate some medical info to stick in it. This would be a good thing to include; thank you. (Well, obviously not "Azz", but. ;)
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[personal profile] vass 2014-01-22 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
I visited a friend in hospital last month, and I was pleased to notice the whiteboard next to his bed, which had the following written out - the prompts in permanent marker, the answers in whiteboard marker:

Preferred Name: $name
Goal for stay: to rest up and let the staff look after me and my friends and family all show me how much they love me, and to let $friendwhofilleditout steal lots of chocolate
Questions: - is it meant to look like that? - explosions?

I hope the medical staff in that hospital did look at the whiteboard when they came in. In his case it wouldn't have mattered so much [except to reassure him that the surgery site was not going to explode] because he goes by the only obvious nickname of his extremely common given name, so if they just assumed in his case then they'd still be right.

But I would like to think that if you were in that bed, they would call you Azz because that was on the whiteboard, not whatever name was on your chart. [Dubious tone because I'd like to believe nurses and doctors also checked allergy wristbands, and I know damn well they don't do that.]
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[personal profile] silveradept 2014-01-22 02:39 am (UTC)(link)
That is an excellent line, and those who do not heed deserve to be bit, I'm guessing.
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[personal profile] trixieleitz 2014-01-22 09:20 am (UTC)(link)
This reminds me of the quiet0 simmering I do every time I encounter a news story about Lorde, because it inevitably includes a fragment along the lines of "whose real name is [whatever it says on her birth certificate]". Like that's even relevant.

0: "quiet" because I have no knowledge of her own feelings on the subject, and those are the feelings that actually count.
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[personal profile] trixieleitz 2014-01-25 09:15 am (UTC)(link)
Quite so. And then there's the implication that her professional name is somehow not real, despite it being probably the widest-known label for her :|