Podcasts, a godsend for housebound & recovering patients

By Rebecca Vary

Recently I had at least four friends admit to me that they didn’t listen to podcasts and weren’t sure how to get hold of them. I was surprised because by this stage, I had been listening to podcasts for more than a decade. They had no idea what they were missing out on!

Wikipedia tells us that there are more than 115,000 English-language podcasts available (and many in other languages), so there is something for everybody.

Initially for me, podcasts were one thing that helped me to switch off from my real life in order to fall asleep quickly and without worries. Here I was, a very sick person, undiagnosed and trying to operate in a well world, but each night my worries about my health and how I was going to manage would plague me as I lay down to sleep.

I started to at first to download and listen to comedy podcasts. My head would hit the pillow, I’d laugh at a few jokes and before I knew it, in under ten minutes I would be fast asleep. I would set the 'auto switch off' so that the podcast stopped automatically after 15 minutes. It was a tremendous stress buster, and took my mind away from my problems so that I could fall asleep stress free.

Once I received my diagnosis, podcasts became a good source of information, some health channels offered interviews with doctors, podcasts about Lyme, or about supplements that could help with symptoms, or about detoxing.  Alongside my doctors, podcast we’re a source of information about health.

Then during treatment, when I was pretty much housebound, I got to watch a lot of TV, and to add extra value to my telly watching experience I downloaded “post show recap” podcasts that broke down my favourite shows and added another level to the watching of a mere entertainment program. I also became addicted to true crime podcasts and history podcasts.

Being a housebound Lyme patient for a few years during my treatment, I possibly got to listen to a few more podcasts than most people do, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve listened to them while sitting waiting for an IV to drip in, on the plane travelling to overseas and interstate medical appointments and when insomnia hit really badly during a bartonella flair, it was a podcast that kept me company during those long lonely hours.

Even today, in remission, I listen to podcasts while I detox (I still detox) in the magnesium bath or sauna, while I clean the house, or drive the car. Podcasts have become a dear friend. A source of entertainment, education and laughs.

If you are looking for podcast inspiration - and there is something for everybody - Here’s a list I’ve created from both experience and the recommendation of friends. These are Apple links via iTunes, but if you don’t have an Apple device you can search the podcast by name from your podcast app or via the internet.

Something for everyone . . .

Laughs

Hughesy and Kate catch-up
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/hughesy-kate-catchup-hit-network-dave-hughes-kate-langbroek/id961037109

Not ready to adult yet
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/iain-stirling-not-ready-to-adult-yet/id1392967753

ABC comedy presents
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/abc-comedy-presents/id1459332175

True crime

Casefile
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/casefile-true-crime/id998568017

Who the hell is Hamish
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/who-the-hell-is-hamish/id1451470931

Missing and murdered
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/missing-murdered-finding-cleo/id1166556648?mt=2

They walk among us
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/they-walk-among-us-uk-true-crime/id1155846302

Mystery

Death in Ice Valley
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/death-in-ice-valley/id1357695290

The lady vanishes
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-lady-vanishes/id1457296528

Lifestyle

What should I read next (for book lovers)

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/what-should-i-read-next/id1073499086

Minimalists

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-minimalists-podcast/id1069757084

Travel

Flight of fancy
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/flight-of-fancy/id1200692764

TV

Classic TV
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/classic-tv-film-celebrating-golden-age-television-movies/id1440330557

TV recaps
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/mamamia-recaps/id1459609812

Documentary history and news

ABC background briefing
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/background-briefing-abc-rn/id73330306

BBC history Hour
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-history-hour/id634849197

BBC witness
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/witness-history/id339986758

Aljazeera documentaries
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/featured-documentaries/id471733935

The Australian documentary
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-australian-documentary-podcasts/id1094142105

Mindset and Inspiration

Happier with Gretchen Rubin
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/happier-with-gretchen-rubin/id969519520

Crappy to happy
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/crappy-to-happy/id1274672540?mt=2

Your Dream life with Kiki K
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/your-dream-life-with-kristina-karlsson-kikki-k/id1436236538

Thrive
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-thrive-global-podcast-with-arianna-huffington/id1180759468

The mindful kind
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-mindful-kind/id1060273831

Interviews and chats

No filter
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/no-filter/id995159486

Show and tell
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/crappy-to-happy/id1274672540?mt=2

A life of greatness
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/a-life-of-greatness/id1457268944

Boxed in with Fifi
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-boxed-in-with-fifi-box-catch-up/id1028272089

Osher Gunsberg podcast
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-osher-g%C3%BCnsberg-podcast/id711028488

Spirituality

Oprah’s super Soul conversations
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/oprahs-supersoul-conversations/id1264843400

Open door by lighthouse summit
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-open-door/id421871932

mental health and behaviour

The one you feed
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-one-you-feed/id792555885

Unleashed
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/unleashed-at-work-home-with-colleen-pelar/id1294335826

Health medicine and wellness

ABC health report
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/health-report-abc-rn/id74842478

Metagenics
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/metagenics-clinical-podcast/id1177865679

TED health
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/tedtalks-health/id470623173

Vibe
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/vibe/id1161499979

Lyme ninja radio
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/lyme-ninja-radio-lyme-disease-related-health-topics/id89822801

Sport

Unbelievable (ABC ashes)
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-urnbelievable-ashes-podcast/id1314781244

The age real footy
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-age-real-footy-podcast/id1217380154

Business and money

The mentor
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-mentor-with-mark-bouris/id981791133

Afford anything
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/afford-anything/id1079598542

Pets

The barking mad podcast
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-barking-mad-show/id1437527631