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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.