When is a visit to a doctor needed?
One of the past posts has me thinking, how do you decide when an injury requires medical attention? I will admit that I am a stubborn person, and I hate going to the doctors. Once I was at home and we had a campfire in the backyard, so of course we were making s’mores! What we used to do to roast the s’mores was go around the yard and find a stick to wheedle down at the tip so we could roast the marshmallows over a fire. Go figure I sliced one of my fingers wide open, but at the time I didn’t think it was too bad. So I went inside and washed it out and threw a few Band-Aids over it and ran back outside to make a s’more before my brother used up all the marshmallow’s. The next morning my mom saw it and flipped. She said it was bad enough where I probably had needed 4 or 5 stiches but since it had started healing up by then it would have been pointless to go to the doctors.
Now we are college students and we are going to have to make the call about whether to go to a doctor or not. So what classifies as a “doctor-appropriate” injury? If you don’t go to the doctor what would you do instead? Just throw on a Band-Aid like I did, or are there other ways to treat injuries?
And on a side note I find it really frustrating that my spell check doesn’t recognize s’more as a real word. So I dictionary.com-ed it and said no definition existed for s’more. But my real paper dictionary and oxfords online dictionary said s’more is a real word! Someone should definitely fix my spell check and dictionary.com