The transcript from episode 902 of the Dr Bruce Show (an Australian reality advice program). In today's episode, Dr Bruce talks with Phillip, a 2 month old cortisol pump who says he has a bad mother-pumper who's neglectful, irresponsible and takes him for granted. Phillip's mother-pumper, Charlie says she's exhausted from caring for Phillip and fed up with his drama, impatience and attention-seeking behaviour.
The first few days on the pump rank amongst getting married and doing high-school exams as being the most stressful and busy of my life. I was an exhausted, anxious, excited hot-mess (literally because I'd flown to tropical Queensland to start on the pump). I was in no condition to be able to put coherent words to what I was going through. Now, four months later, I'm ready to answer your question "how did you feel in those first few days?"
After 2 months of cortisol pumping, I give you Phillip the Pump! Thanks everyone who has supported Phillip with enthusiasm. People have been asking me how he's going. I've been answering with incoherent mumbling including the words "so much to learn", "exhausted" and "rash". But I've pulled myself together somewhat and I'm ready to show him off to the world.
My journey to get a cortisol pump in Australia has been long and challenging. The medical and healthcare systems created much grief. Let me take you through the 7 stages of grief accompanied by small animals.
If you're contemplating becoming a cortisol-pumper, one of the first things you'll be keen to know is "how much is this baby going to set me back?", closely followed by "does it come in leopard print?" Find out what you might need to pay to get up and pumping in Australia.
After 3 years of advocacy, I am finally travelling interstate tomorrow to get my cortisol pump. Yay! I thought it was timely to document my hopes and dreams for the pump.