Ever wondered why a drug advert indicates that if symptoms persist after three (3) days a physician should be consulted?
It is because there’s a limit to how much we can care for ourselves on our own.
The world as we know it is now a global village, thanks to the internet and oh how Google has made our lives so very easy and for this we are super thankful, we are exceedingly grateful for the ease and speed with which information arrives at our finger tips, just by punching our androids. We are in awe of this human invention and intervention, we bow and worship the god named Google, but why shouldn’t I “Google” my symptoms??
There’s nothing worse than being unsure and what’s more being unsure about your health.
There is a certain uncertainty that accompanies checking out your symptoms on some world wide web address, this uncertainty from reading various differing opinions about how you feel in your body is more sickening than the symptoms themselves.
Its a dark, fearful and dreadful feeling that you invited to dine at your dinner table because you decided to check out “causes of headaches at night” instead of simply enjoying the view of beautiful pictures on instagram.
So Google now goes ahead to tell you that you have a carcinoma, a sarcoma, a genetic disorder, an inborn error of metabolism and a bipolar disorder….well don’t blame Google, blame you, your fast fingers and your swift data connection, you brought yourself to the point of that uncertainty all by yourself.
The above uncertainty is pregnant and delivers to you anxiety on a platter so you begin to panic, think wild, have night mares, worry and even begin to pray when all you have is probably a cold and at this point you are now so scared that seeing an actual doctor becomes a dreadful as going into the principal’s office.
3- MULTIPLE DIAGNOSIS
Since you can’t see a doctor you now decide to diagnose yourself without any history taking, physical examination, systemic evaluation or laboratory investigation…nothing of such, as the Google doctor that you have become, you label your ailment in about 10 different ways and begin to look out for a course of treatment for these imaginary diseases turning yourself into your own Guinea pig.
At this point you already have a self diagnosis in your head, and of course you are off to the pharmacy to get the drugs to treat an illness you most likely do not have.
Further giving your liver more work to do yet without an ailment.
and your liver is there wondering what it did wrong to deserve a Google doctor as its owner.
5 –SECOND GUESSING THE ACTUAL PHYSICIAN
This is where you rope your physician in to your colossal ignorance, which to you is great knowledge, at this point you finally see a doctor but instead of allowing he or she do their job you begin to tell them what to do, what tests to perform, you suddenly forget that they went to medical school, and got a proper training so you second guess him or her and probably walk away dissatisfied, going back home to re check your symptoms and Google now goes on to tell you that you are dead already in fact you have been buried (that was a joke)
But on the real, people go to medical school for a reason, a course of study which deals with human life is not communicated by proxy also for a reason, medical training is intensive and demanding for a reason, so when it comes to your health be careful, cautious, but mostly be wise, while it is okay to want to be informed, it doesn’t take the place of seeing an actual doctor, an actual doctor values your life, Google is just Google, it has got no Hippocratic oath to uphold.
So be wise, again I say be wise!