Slow-Cooker Brain

Many neurodivergent people are said to have slower processing speeds. When you take in way more information than the average person at rest…yeah, it might take you longer to process it all. After hearing a lovely coworker use similar wording, I’ve been referring to this kind of processing speed “slow-cooker brain.” I like it because when you use a slow-cooker (like a crock pot), the things you cook are usually really great!

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Sick vs. Well

Disclaimer. I talk about lots of binaries here: mainly, the sick-well binary and the disabled-nondisabled binary, but also a couple more. These binaries that are distinctly different, yet have a fair amount of overlap. I don’t go deeply into the differences between all of these concepts here - but if you’re interested in that, leave a comment and my nervous system will consider it :) I think a lot about disability through a dynamic lens.

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I used to have a list of things that had to get done every day no matter what. I’ve heard people call these “non-negotiables.” It really worked for me to have a list like that. Not so much anymore, though. Living with dynamic disabilities makes having non-negotiables near impossible. And also my brain also doesn’t process change very quickly to begin with. I suppose everyone’s non-negotiables change over time, but mine (and my ability to complete them because of chronic illness/oscillating bodily ability) change so rapidly it’s overwhelming and difficult to keep up.

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Been thinking a lot about prevention. Nobody likes to do it. The payoff isn’t visible or exciting. If whatever you do is effective, lack of result is the result…and that’s not very satisfying for our brains. As kids, we probably rolled our eyes at our parent when they insisted we wear a helmet to ride our bike. It’s rare to meet anyone who enjoys going to their annual doctor’s appointment and getting that shot they need (or getting that pelvic or prostate exam you’ve been postponing.

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Hi, I’m Emerson. I use they/them or he/him pronouns. Here are some things I think a lot about. If these interest you too, basically we’re friends now: accessibility/a11y, neurodiversity, disability justice, health equity, energy-limiting and dynamic disability, medicine, public health, neuroinclusion, AuDHD, solarpunk, permaculture, knowledge management, FOSS, mindfulness.