Do you look up symptoms on the internet before going to the doctor?
January 22, 2007 6:27pm CST
My daughter is a nurse at a small emergency health centre. She was telling me about a woman she admitted the other day. The woman came in insisting that she'd had a heart attack the day before. Really, my daughter asked, whatmakes you think so? the woman got all upset at her for asking questions instead of rushing her to the heart monitors and rudely stated, i know my own body! then proceeded to slap a piece of paper on the deskit was a print out of all the possible symptoms ofheart attacks that she'ddown loaded from internetsites. She'd underlined about 6 of them. See, I have all these symptoms. so, she was admitted. after many questions, it turned out that the poor woman had eaten piza andbeer for dinner than gone out to play a game of volleyball with her church group and been hit very hard on the left shoulder with a ball. So, she indeed had many ofthesymptoms , chestpains(indigestion), diziness( exercise immediately afterdrinkinga few beers) shoulder pain( ball hitting her) and tingling of the fingers(again the ball) excessive sweating( she WAS playing volleyball), nausea( pizza, beer, exercise= nausea). tests were dionewhich belied her selfdiagnosos, pain meds were offered for the shoulder, and off she went home, but before she left my daughter just had to ask why she hadn'tcome in the night before. her response, what? and miss CSI Maimi?
23 Jan 07
i usually go directly to the doctors for their advice wand consultations if i got sick specially when it comes w/ my children i dont look for some symptoms when they got sick because i dont want to take the risk when it come from my children, and i dont want to take the risk when my children is involve, that why there are doctors to help us to cure or to prevent when we got sick.
24 Jan 07
"What, and miss CSI Miami." I had to laugh... If nothing else you have to admit that is a funny story... and sadly a prime example of what our life is coming to, as people rely upon the internet for damn near everything. As trained professionals your daughter and her co-workers should be the only source we turn to when it comes to our personal health and wellbeing.
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23 Jan 07
If it's something important, I go to the doctor. If it's something minor, I sometimes look it up online. For instance, I was beginning t think that I was lactose intolerant, so I looked it up online and checked everything out and realized it wasn't that and that it ended up just being a "passing phase". After I find out about things I always check online. Like when I found out my grandmother has ovarian cancer - I looked that up right away. IT all depends on the situation I guess.