I am grateful to Miriam Lippel Blum, editor of the CKD Blog Report, for this citation to a journal article about the role of humour in recovery in renal patients.
As of this publishing, I have not read the article yet - but hope to before my borrowing rights at the university library run out. Will report back if successful.
This reminds me of what I used to tell people about an heriditary disease even more frightening than that which was causing my kidney problems.
What could be worse than what I had, they'd respond, what with the dislysis, sticking EPO injections into my leg, and so on.
Then I would tell them:
(Cue scary background music)
At this point, my conversation companion would inevitably be retreating out of the room whilst facing me.
The image of the Clown Doctors is from the website ofThe Clown Doctors
The image of Elmer Fudd is from the websiteSmasher.net