During our lifetime, it is inevitable that we or other members of our family get sick. There are the common colds, flu and fever, occasional diarrhea, some aches and pain in the body, a few scratches or wounds now and then.
A lot of us probably grew up with the so-called “grandma’s home remedies” which somehow got passed on from generation to generation; and which had provided cures and relief at one time or
another. Our medical cabinet may have the usual analgesics, paracetamols, cough syrups, and first aid kit for wounds and burns. Our home may have blood pressure kits and blood sugar tools.
But there are circumstances wherein we may find ourselves in doubt; and we are torn between self -medicating or going to the doctor. Others simply have no idia when anything is worth much attention. Something drastic or panicky has to happen before they would consider going to their doctor or any health care provider.
For those who have health cards and insurance, there is lesser apprehension. The more they use their cards, the better they feel. One friend even said she feels fully gratified because she and her family are able to maximize use of their health card which they painstakingly pay regularly. Others have them as company benefits; and they make use of their cards even on very simple ill feelings. Just one cough and off to the doctor they go. (Card is equal to sure health, she said.)
What about those who have tight financial status and going to the doctor is one scary undertaking? What are the pointers to determine when it has become really necessary to see the doctor? As in, immediately.
See the doctor… if you or any member of your family experience the following symptoms:
- High fever that fails to go down despite home remedies for fever and intake of Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Acetominophen or naproxen
- Fever that lasts more than 2-3days
- Frequent and recurrent dizziness / nausea
- Frequent headaches
- Persistent congestion due to colds and allergies
- Persistent coughing, especially if it makes sleep impossible
- Vomiting or Inability to keep fluids down
- Painful swallowing, especially when it goes severely painful
- Changes in vision, especially when they are alarming
- Abnormal bleeding for women (too heavy periods or scanty and missing periods)
- Alarming changes in weight
- Recurrent pain or pain that worsens in a week’s time
- Difficulty in breathing or Chest pain
- Any swelling that goes beyond 48 hours
- Pain that last for more than 48 hours, e.g., your knee joint or other joints
- Any unusual symptoms or unusual changes in how one feels and function
Nobody knows our body more than we do and nobody knows our children’s body more than we do; therefore, any significant changes should be known to us, too. It is better if we make notes on what occured: number of days with fever, how many times one had LBM or any other significant manifestation of ill feeling.
While other people would grumble and complain about medical expenses, more so, after check-ups and lab tests produced NEGATIVE results to any serious ailment; perhaps it would be very helpful to think of those expenses, not as waste of good money, but rather, think of the expense as a great purchase because you bought “PEACE OF MIND.”