When you work in the medical field and you or a loved one is sick or hurt, the knowledge we have can do more harm than good to our peace of mind. When faced with a minor medical concern, the ONLY possible answer is always the WORST CASE SCENARIO.
My daughter’s mosquito bites swell very large for days after she’s bitten.
“She will surely get MRSA (a wound infection) and end up in the hospital.”
The swelling ALWAYS resolves after a few days with no complications.
My son wet the bed for the first time in YEARS.
“He has type I diabetes.”
He was just adjusting to the routine of the new school year and the sleep schedule that accompanies that. I have to admit I even went as far as scheduling him a doctor’s appointment, but then couldn’t wait until then so I used my “connections” to do a dipstick urinalysis on him, and stuck his finger for fasting and random glucose checks. That’s right – I made him cry because of my irrational fear.
I started having lateral foot pain after running (at my 5th metatarsal).
“I have a stress fracture – I’ll be in a boot and won’t be able to do my 3 races this Fall.”
My shoes were too tight. I adjusted the laces around my mid foot and voila – no pain!
I overreact out of love, and an overabundance of knowledge. I think it’s a case of “too much of a good thing.”
Do you ever overreact?
See The Nurse Curse (part I)