If in doubt check it out

I have heard it said that one of the difficulties of being married to a nurse is that when you tell her you're sick she holds a mirror up to your face and if it fogs over she says 'You will be fine'. (Unfortunately it is my own husband I am quoting).
It can be hard to know sometimes whether you are having a bad bout of indigestion or if it is a heart attack. How can you sort out constipation and a bowel obstruction?
Self diagnosis (or 'spouse diagnosis') can be a dangerous thing and in this day and age we have a source of information, through the internet, that can have us running to the doctor with a brain tumour when we really just need two panadol and a good lie down. Even scarier is seeking out information to reassure us that health changes are nothing to worry about when we really do need to take it seriously.
The best motto is 'If in doubt check it out' ...with your GP.
Increased information and education can be very helpful when the doctor does diagnose any health concerns and here is where the internet can be helpful.
Some good sites that have clear guidelines and updates are the following:
  • www.mydr.com.au
  • www.healthinsite.gov.au
  • www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
There are also some great sites that relate to specific diseases such as:
  • www.beyondblue.com.au
  • www.diabetesaustralia.com.au
  • www.heartfoundation.org.au

Cheryle Davies
Clergy Healthcare Coordinator

  • Created: 22 July 2010
  • Modified: 30 November -0001