A Little Google Is A Dangerous Thing

When I got home from the hospital on Tuesday, after hearing the term, “MRSA” for the first time, I immediately grabbed my computer and started to google.  By the end of the day, after following a number of links, I had myself diagnosed with:

-MRSA

-TB

-Walking Pneumonia

-A mild case of asthma

As Friday neared, I got more and more nervous about what my doctor would tell me when I went back for a follow up appointment.  I even found myself using my old cancer-talk: “If anything happens to me….”  So I could not have been more pleasantly surprised when, on Friday, my doctor told me that I have none of these things.  No T.B.  No pneumonia of any kind.  No asthma.  And no MRSA.  I guess I misunderstood what the doctor said on Tuesday, (“It looks like/it could be/we’re checking for”).  So, thank God, I do not have a “superbug” that would require kryptonite to cure me.  It is just a plain old, boring infection.

Lesson learned: It is good to use the internet to be informed about your diagnosis, but not so good to use the internet to try to diagnose yourself.

8 thoughts on “A Little Google Is A Dangerous Thing

  1. When I did medical transcription I used to diagnose myself all the time. I missed the cancer though. Go figure ;) When I started typing for psych I stopped diagnosing myself and started diagnosing family and friends instead.

  2. I’ms so happy to learn you only have a garden variety infection. I normally don’t rely on Google for a diagnosis, but I did find something useful yesterday on Google about the causes of my lingering (diagnosed) costochondritis. It may be due to too much athletic activity. No doctors have yet mentioned that cause to me because they didn’t know how much I have pushed myself over the years at the gym and at home. It makes perfect sense. But I absolutely agree that people must be very cautious in using what some call Dr. Google as their sole advisor. XX

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