what to wear? can I bring a stuffed animal if I'm 40?
I am new to Mayo and am extremely sick (no one knows why, thus the two-year fight to get into Mayo). I've read the "wear comfy, loose clothing" but I worry I'll be judged if I don't dress well enough. Or will be then judged if I dress a little better ("she's not sick, she's too well dressed"). This is an important series of appointments and I want to be taken seriously. Which is harder to do in Crocs. Which are basically the only shoes I can wear right now, due to balance and changing foot size.
In the three years of extreme illness, I've been horribly abused by more than twenty doctors who refused to take me seriously. It does not help that I'm female. Women are dismissed easily and judged harshly. Thus the outfit terror.
I also don't know if I will be dismissed or turfed to mental health if I bring a stuffed animal.
I'd appreciate advice from anyone who has been a Mayo patient.
I'm just scared s—less, basically. I've been so abused by so many people who I paid to help me, and this condescension and dismissal is a disease in American healthcare. I'm scared I'm screwed no matter how I dress or whether I bring my stuffed tiger. It feels like no matter what I do with doctors, it's wrong, and I am dismissed.