Wednesday, February 24, 2010

webmd strikes again

Hi, my name is J. and I'm an chronic overreacter (is that even a word?). Especially when it comes to physical ailments. All of my friends who are reading this are likely shaking their heads violently in total agreement, I just know it. There was the time when I was convinced I had a thyroid problem but really I was just getting fat. Then there was the time when I thought that I had broken my foot and would need to be in a boot but really I just had tendinitis. And then of course there was also the time when I thought I had diabetes but it turned out that I really just drink a lot of water.

I've been trying really, really hard to keep myself in check when it comes to not feeling well. Part of this involves actively NOT self-diagnosing. However, today I relapsed. I admit it. I'm only human, after all. I had a nasty cold last week that I thought was gone. However, I've had some really bad chest congestion that's worst in the morning when I first wake up and before bed. Assuming it was just a chest cold, I was going to let it go. But several people told me that I should see a doctor because it's not getting better. So I have an appointment on Friday afternoon. I guess at that point I figured since the appointment had been made that I could peruse WebMD. Just for a second.. "Perhaps play a little game called "just the tip". Just for a second, just to see how it feels. Or, ouch, ouch you're on my hair." (Do you get the movie reference or do you just think I'm a freak?).

After entering in my symptoms I was told that I could have the common cold, allergies, tuberculosis, hay fever.. I'M SORRY. Did I see TUBERCULOSIS ON THAT LIST? Oh and that's not all. There's also the chance that I could have an aortic aneurysm. Fantastic.

Don't mind me. Please, go ahead with your day. I'm going to be here at my desk suffering from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or chemical pneumonia. No big deal. As you were...

6 comments:

Elliott said...

I had to look up the movie reference, though I figured it was from something I hadn't seen and I was right.

Add that to the list...

WebMD is a dangerous thing. I've learned my lesson, and now I only use it to diagnose other people's life-threatening obscure illnesses.

Date Girl said...

Wedding Crashers! Heheh, I wish I was rich enough to have a wedding so fabulous that people could crash it. :-)

I go on WebMD all the time and freak myself out. I'm glad you're going to the doctor though. Chest congestion can lead to other stuff if you let it go long enough. Hope you feel better, and get over that TB soon. ;-)

dogimo said...

I think rather than "overreacter", go with "overreactor." Sounds more nuclear.

I didn't get the movie reference, but I envisioned it with no problems.

j. said...

elliott - you've never seen wedding crashers?!?! i'm a little disappointed in you..

date girl - thank god someone got the reference! i think it's a good idea for me to go to the doc, even if she tells me that it's just a cold, definitely don't want to mess around with chest congestion, or TB ;)

joe - i sat there for at least 10 minutes thinking "should i use -or or -er?" i am quite nuclear, damnit, should have gone with -or!!

trinnny said...

haha you're not alone. as soon as I get sunburnt, I'm like oh great, now I'm going to get skin cancer haha. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. haha

Elliott said...

I have a huge gap in the movies I've seen, when it comes to newer films. Plus, it's taken me a long time to come to terms with Owen Wilson - not a fan. It took me a while to get over Tom Hanks, too, so it will happen eventually.

Forgot to mention - I prefer the term 'consumption' over TB. Sounds far more dramatic. And if you're going to self-diagnose, shouldn't there be drama?