The doctor will see you now.
We’ve all heard the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but we also know that healthy eating only goes so far.
How often do you go to the doctor’s? Experts recommend a yearly visit, even for healthy adults. Those at risk for certain diseases might want to see specialists more often, and pregnant women should be going every few weeks. Really, it depends on your lifestyle and personal/ familial medical history. And why not take an hour out of your day for one small appointment that could change—or save—your life?
For many people, delaying doctor’s appointments may stem from the very fear that something is wrong with them, paradoxical as it may seem. What could be worse than going in for a regular checkup only to find out that something is horribly wrong? Well that’s exactly what happened for these people.
Keep reading to hear the horror stories as told by doctors!
Waking with a bang
I’m an ER nurse. I cared for a patient that came in because she woke up with a severe headache and a knot on her head. She went to CT for a head scan and had 2 bullets in her head. One had gone in at the top of her head – just past her hairline and traveled under the skin, but on top of her skull to the back of her head. The other went straight in, but just fractured the skull behind her ear – didn’t go all the way through the skull. They were smaller caliber bullets. Apparently, she went to sleep the night before after taking an ambien and there was a drive by shooting on her street. The bullets went through her window and she slept right through it. (ilivethereforeiam)
When Web MD is right
A few months ago I had this weird lingering scab that kept returning in my ear, it had been there for a couple years and was finally starting to hurt. I did a quick check of webmd and they told me I had cancer of course. I went to the doctor since it was irritating, turns out I had cancer. However its like the tiniest little bitch form of cancer and I’m totally fine now. (CommanderCuntPunt)
Dont have much time so I will keep this short:
Patient presented with a small (less then 1 inch) scratch on his right thigh and SEVERE pain and immobility. On palpation there was crepitus (a cracking sound). We called in a surgeon in the hopes that we could excise the closed wound, but as soon as the surgeon cut the skin the leg deflated….yes DEFLATED. The escaped air was horribly putrid in odor. We ordered an x-ray and discovered the leg was simply skin and bones without any signs of muscle. I regretfully informed the patient that we had a strong suspicion of a flesh eating bacteria called clostridium perfringens and that the infection was spreading fast. He called his family and loved ones got a lawyer and said his goodbyes. 12 hours after admission he was declared dead. (aminizle)