When a doctor diagnose you with a term associated with your sickness, what kind of questions do you ask a doctor?
Are you the type who sits there quietly and just accepts the term as it is spoken, thinking that you will definitely recover like any normal illness or are you the type who, like myself, will be bombarding the doctor with tonnes of questions which pop up in your mind?
Okay, bombarding may be too strong of a term to use, but let's just say I spring question after question on to the doctor to clarify on the term, the precautions, etc.
Common questions include:
1. What is this about?
2. How did this happen?
3. How often can this occur?
4. Is this contagious? * (Most important question)
5. How long will it take to recover?
6. What do I need to do? Anything I need to avoid, any isolation/quarantine needed?
7. Will there be an recurrences?
The above are only examples, and subject to change depending on the situation at that point of time.
I just find this plain common sense to be concerned for my own health and for others around me, not just my loved ones alone but anyone that I may be in contact with.
That is the reason why I find it surprising how some people can just walk into a consultation room and come out with a term totally unfamiliar to them and yet cannot explain to their family and loved ones what it means.
At the same time, these same group of people are the ones who could walk to public places, or be shoving their ways through people just to get their way through without even considering that they SHOULD/MUST stay away from public contact to avoid the spread of their illnesses.
It is really sad, that some of these people are even highly educated people.
I mean, what is the point of education when simple common sense does not fall into the grey matter at all times?
A friend of mine who worked at the airport, told me before that they had a child passenger who had chicken pox and yet boarded the plane.
Fortunately, the air stewardess on the plane had a sharp eye for detail and noticed the red spots on him and immediately escorted him out of the plane; along with his irresponsible mother.
Needless to say, I am not just shocked but angered by such irresponsible actions. The boy could be ignorant, but don't tell me the mother is not aware of the effects of chicken pox.
Imagine the inconvenience it could cause to those people who may not welcome the disease at all!
I just can't believe how some people can be so totally senseless and ignorant of the effects of their own illnesses on others' health.
Now, do you still wonder why diseases like bird flu, Coxsackie, HFM, or even A H1N1 spread so rapidly?
I say, EDUCATE those UN-educated people!
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