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Too much info is not a good thing

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'll admit, I like medicine. I like the field of medicine. I find it fascinating, how the body works, the mysteries of what could go wrong and how to diagnose it. I like medical shows on TV. I do, however, get grossed out by blood and guts and what we call kishkes, and I block out that part of the TV with my hand. Which explains why I never pursued medicine as a profession.

So when something isn't functioning normally in my body, of course I look it up. On the internet, in books, whatever. I like to be an informed patient.

So my liver has been hurting. How do I know it's my liver, you ask? Am I just over-reacting and being a hypochondriac?

Well, I had liver parasites in Africa. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, I swam in the wrong place, I had little parasites crawl through my skin and go through my bloodstream and make themselves at home in my liver and intestines. Where they caused symptoms. So that I became quite familiar with my liver, and how it feels when it hurts.

Reading up on liver pain is not a good idea. There are too many serious things that could be wrong. Of course, there are some minor things that could go wrong, too, but of course I don't focus on that. Only the horribly awful things. So I'm worrying. And worrying.

But DH came to radiology with me, I had an ultrasound, and then we spent the rest of the day on St. John - with a wonderful ferry ride, a nice lunch.

And hopefully my dr will call with the results, so I can stop worrying.
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    Good luck. Although this did remind me of the French who blame the liver for every ailment they feel.....LOL
    2563 days ago
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    It is better not to know. I too have read up everything on my surgery. Especially what can go wrong. Now I am a quivering jelly. I am going in tomorrow morning. I have managed to eat 2 large cheese rolls with BUTTER! Probably already 1500cals. I dont do that unless I think I am at deaths door! lol. The good thing is I cant eat after midnight so I have limited time to gain half a stone. bet I manage it though.
    2563 days ago
    Hoping everything is good. Let us know.
    2564 days ago
    Glad you went for the ultrasound and I hope all is well soon!
    2564 days ago
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