I’ve had this really obnoxious subcutaneous infection on my arm for the past week. I’d been assuming it was just going to go away, but instead it’s been getting worse – bigger AND more painful.
This is not exactly comforting news. So before my doctor’s appointment today, I decided I’d just do some quick googling – obviously, I don’t want this to be an early stage of proteolytic strep pyogenes, and since it’s super unlikely, why don’t I just google image search “necrotizing fasciitis”? That way I’ll either feel reassured that I’m not about to lose an arm, or be aware of a legitimate concern – win/win!
For all of you playing along at home to this round of “Guess where the med student went wrong ®” – what do you think?
A. Self-diagnosis is a bad idea.
B. Google image search is not studying. Bad idea.
C. …. wait, you did a google image search for “necrotizing fasciitis”? Excuse me, are you also the type of person who couldn’t sleep after watching Coraline, yet thought Saw might be relaxing and fun?
D. I agree with C but am much too polite to phrase it that way.
Done? So, okay, yes. ( I mean, you didn’t have to phrase it quite so harshly- because, after all, I still haven’t seen Saw – but you’re absolutely right*.)
Public service announcement: The google image search for “necrotizing fascitiis” is approximately one billion times worse than the google image search for “ascaris”. (You may think this comparison is a slightly lame attempt at comedic exaggeration. But I dare you to compare the two searches yourself and tell me I’m exaggerating.
… Actually, don’t. The ensuing trauma might be the kind of thing I could get sued for.)
In unrelated news, 1) I have a distinct lack of pre-necrotization. Yay. and 2) I’ve determined that if I never leave my apartment again, I will never actually come into contact with flesh-eating bacteria.
This sounds like an excellent plan.