Sickboy is determined to break down the stigma associated with illness and disease. Join Jeremie, Brian and Taylor as they tackle health taboos with people who have experienced them firsthand. Taking the lead from Jeremie's life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the three best friends help us understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease and life is simply to laugh.
Wait! Sexually Transmitted Allergies Are A Thing?!
Here at Sickboy we have the sleuthiest of listeners. Shout out to Britt and Hil for spilling the TEA. This week we talk about the future of nanobots when it comes to cancer treatement. Miracle workers or possible human killing mini machines? Speaking of existential events, we chat disability & climate change. Folks who are disabled are being left out of the conversation and will suffer unless something is done about "eco-ableism". Is there a COVID pill just around the corner? Fingers crossed. Finally in What The Hellth?! We examine a case where one couple unfortunately learned that Brazil nuts somehow have a way of getting into your semen. Sexually transmitted allergies are real folks.
Routine Checkup: It’s Just A Pump - The Fascinating Science of The Heart
You could say this episode has a lot of heart. AYYYOOO! Dr. Eilidh MacDonald holds a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics at Dalhousie University and is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She joins the fellas to talk all things heart! We talk how one tests/studies the hearts of animals, how the heart can beat on its own for hours on end, and even how your heart responds to environmental/personal factors that allow it to accomplish the same goals. Not only that but we also talk about Eilidh's experience with COVID. She even got to ride a COVID bus. She's the coolest.
TAYLOR IS HAVING A BABY!! - Taylor & Kyla's IVF Journey
This week is a special one. A huge milestone for our favourite host with psychopathic tendencies. Him and his lovely partner Kyla are having a baby. But this wasn't some "hey let's make hanky-panky without a condom and pop out a baby"-type situation. No sir. This was a long arduous process of in-vitro fertilization. A process that can be extremely taxing physically and emotionally. Kyla walks us through the entire process and gives us a glimpse into how challenging it was for the both of them. We are so excited for Tay and Ky and this episode is one that means a lot to us. Thanks to all of our sweet potatoes who attended the live stream and chimed in with such lovely questions.
Trading Babies?! A Really Bad Hospital Oopsie - Feel Good Friday
How would you feel if someone sold your grandma's dead body to the military only for them to strap her to a chair rigged with explosives and blow her to bits to see what happens? We go even further down the rabbit hole of the unregulated body trade black market and it just keeps getting weirder. Then, the future of cars could include some sort of apparatus that ensures you aren't drunk before the car starts. Sounds good to us!! But we're sure someone out there has something to say about their freedom. Two families are devastated after an embryo mix-up. Someone's going to lose their job over this one for sure. Finally, for WHAT THE HELLTH?! We go uber gross. Worms. Worms in the brain. Yikes!!
Routine Checkup: Hospital School Teachers - The Real Heroes
Miranda Field is a teacher from Saskatchewan supporting children with learning, medical, and mental health complexities. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience ranging from Kindergarten through post-secondary in mainstream, hospital, and supportive programs. This week she joins the boys to walk them through what teaching roles look like in a hospital setting. This big lesson here is that it's all about giving the child and the family a sense of normal within an environment that is anything but.
"I Almost Bled To Death On My Period" - Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
At 14 years old, Katy went to the hospital to get a peculiar little rash checked out. It started on her ankles, but before long has spread up her legs, torso, neck and face. The doc ran some blood work and sent Katy on her way. One day later that doctor frantically called Katy's mother informing her she needs to get Katy to an emergency department ASAP. Katy's platelet count was basically non-existent and she could bleed to death by the end of the day. Probably not helpful that she started her period that day too. This week Katy sits with the fellas to tell them the wild story of how she was diagnosed and eventually recovered from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Idiopathic = They don’t know what caused it. Thrombocytopenia = Low platelet count. Purpura = bleeding/bruising under the skin. Katy is a bundle of joy and a great story teller and we absolutely loved having her on the show.
I just listened to the episode on June 4th, 2018 with Alex who was diagnosed with Pompe Disease. I love it because i am currently in the early process of this same thing as her after many years of misdiagnosis so i appreciate the realness of it while getting to laugh about it too. It felt so good to hear another young, athletic female who is going through the same things. Thank you!!