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:
-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.