Words That End in -itis
…or why I hate doctors strongly dislike having to go to any sort of health care establishment. (No disrespect to my friends and acquaintances who work in the field, I don’t hate you)
I tend to be sick a lot. Not really sick and almost never anything serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. I bitch and moan for a few days (or weeks if it’s a sinus infection/being in denial about having allergies), but then I’m over it and I feel better at least for a little while.
Well, just as I was starting to feel recovered from my headaches of doom, I started having stomach pain. So, I don’t have the best diet in the world. I try to eat at least somewhat healthfully, but there are times when I really backslide into horrible habits such as getting fast food for dinner or considering a package of Pop Tarts to be a perfectly acceptable lunch. I thought all the bad eating I had been doing was finally catching up to me – which is technically true – and after a day or two, I would have gotten it out of my system.
No such luck.
I hate going to the doctor because I am worried that they will tell me it’s nothing and then, not only will I not feel better, but I will have wasted money on a copay and my time. Or worse, they will misdiagnose me. See: ER doctor who thought I had broken my leg when really I had just sprained the ligaments. And then there was the ear infection that wasn’t (don’t get me started).
But after five days of feeling stabbing pain, I gave in and let Brian take me to the urgent care. (Side note: why are urgent cares in St Louis only open between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm?) Well, after some poking and prodding. I have a bunch of things wrong with me ending in -itis. I have gastritis, which as I understand it is an excess of acid in the stomach. Possibly also duodenitis. Same thing, different part of the stomach. And also, there is a problem with my pylorus which makes me feel full after a few bites. So yeah, my stomach is basically fucked.
Perhaps I should have continued to live in blissful ignorance? Perhaps not, but man does it suck.