Self Diagnosis-osis

2010 March 20
by Jennifer

I know I’m not the only one that went through a serious Lurlene McDaniel phase around 5th grade. Instead of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club on my bedside table, I had Somewhere Between Life And Death, Too Young To Die, She Died Too Young, Sixteen and Dying, and the timeless classic Six Months To Live.

See the common theme? Terminal illness, tragedy, death and dying. My parents expressed concern. Certainly the suspense and the dramatic plots pulled me in, but so did the lists of symptoms that these previously healthy tweens experienced in route to their tragic diagnosis-symptoms for illnesses I might have and not even know it.

These days, instead of reading about heart-wrenching illness in the new Lurlene McDaniel books (yes, she’s still at it!), I indulge my paranoia on Web MD.

Web MD Symptom Checker -fueling the fantastical self-diagnosis of hypochondriacs everywhere.

A few months ago I had unexplained pain in my back. Naturally, I jumped on WebMD for a little self-diagnosis.

Drowsiness? Yes

Headache? Yes

Numbness in toes? Yes

Cold hands and feet? Always

I was convinced that I had Kidney Disease so I began looking at treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease. However, a quick visit to the doctor’s office debunked my diagnosis and confirmed that I had a lightly strained muscle in my back and an unhealthy relationship with WebMD. I blame this woman for encouraging my inner hypochondriac.

My childhood infatuation for tragic literature has translated into an adulthood where romance novels like The Time Travelers Wife and those by Nicholas Sparks just don’t hold my attention. Of course I breeze through disturbing and heartbreaking books like Push and The Lovely Bones.

So it’s time for a new bedside read. Does anyone have any recommendations? All I ask is for truth, tragedy, misfortune or scandal.

10 Responses
  1. April 1, 2010

    This is my first visit here, but I will be back soon, because I really like the way you are writing, it is so simple and honest

  2. April 1, 2010

    thanks so much!

  3. April 16, 2010

    I am not going to be original this time, so all I am going to say that your blog rocks, sad that I don’t have suck a writing skills

  4. April 17, 2010

    I am sitting here cracking up at this post. I too had a crazy love of Lurlene McDaniels books. I had completely forgotten about them! I think I spent a small fortune of my babysitting money buying those books. Thank you for the flashback, I am sure I have them sitting in a huge rubbermaid container in the crawl space with all of my other childhood goodies.

  5. April 17, 2010

    I am so glad to know I wasn’t the only Lurlene fan! I was shocked to find out that she is still at it–writing depressing novels! One day I will have to reread one of those classics.

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  7. RedMango permalink
    October 18, 2010

    Very nice post!

  8. November 22, 2010

    Excellent post, I will be checking back regularly to look for updates. 🙂

  9. December 10, 2010

    great post I subscribed to your blog!

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