Monday, June 08, 2009

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Kids complain about sore throat, belly aches and all other sorts of childhood ailments as the years go by. During the first few years of their lives, parents are over them like white on rice at the sound of a sneeze, cough or even a sigh. But as they age and siblings follow suite, parents become less and less obsessed with the wellbeing of their children and learn to tolerate more.

Still every now and then, a child will complain and the parents for the most part take their place at the virtual triage area and complete the normal assessment. More often than not, a dose of cold medicine or kiss will make it better and all is happy once again. But there comes a time where a kiss will not magically cure what’s ailing them and that, my friend, is when you have a problem on your hands.

Gayathri had been complaining of a sore throat for a few days now. Sore throats, as we all know, stick to a kid more than her own shadow. So, like most parents we really didn’t jump the gun when she started complaining. Doping her up with OJ and slathering her upper body in Vicks was the normal routine. For Indian families, Vicks is the epitome of cure alls. But that didn’t help…the complaints kept pouring in every morning.

You would think by now any normal parent would be concerned and call the pediatrician. But not I. I laugh in the face of reason - HA! HA! HA!....I did what any other tech savvy mom would do….I “googled” for a cure!

I was looking for something along the lines of some concoction that I could brew or mash up to help her throat. There’s something to be said for an Indian parent using high speed internet to find some form of Ayurvedic cure. There’s a sort of cynical irony in there somewhere.

There must be a word for that….let me know if you find it.

As I kept getting webpage upon webpage of homemade concoctions and rubs, a teeny tiny voice inside me kept yelling…."CALL THE DOCTOR"….ok, so it screamed more than it whispered. But you get the idea. So, a day later, I caved. The diagnosis was nothing but a bout of allergies gone awry.

Although it was nothing serious, these past days did make me think about my actions. Why is it that we postpone calling the doctor these days? Is it because we know have so many resources at our fingertips that we’ve mastered the art of practicing simple medicine ourselves?

Is it because there is talk of so many new diseases that we are afraid the doctor might actually find something wrong with us? However I don’t think the doc finding the illness is what actually causes us to have it in the first place. But that’s another discussion.

Why is it that we trust strangers over the net to diagnose our problems than the flesh and bones person who know not only our history but our family’s history?

Whatever the reason may be, our docs are beginning to miss our visits. So the next time you get a headache, sore throat or even a nagging feeling in your back, pick up the phone and make an appointment to see your doc. It could be nothing…and the sooner you find out the sooner you can rest comfortably.

Cheers to your health!!
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