When you get sick, your natural inclination is to go to the doctors. You’re in pain, you’re slow and tired, you can’t do the things you like to do – you generally don’t feel good and you just want someone to make it go away. This is completely understandable. No one likes being sick and it’s a part of human nature to try to stop things that don’t make us feel good. And I for one feel better after a visit to my doctor confirms that there is nothing seriously wrong with me.
You may be prescribed some medication for what is causing your symptoms or, if it’s the flu, you may just be sent home and told to rest up until it passes. While a doctor’s visit may settle our desire to feel like we’re doing something to make the bad feelings go away, do we rely on the humble GP too much? Have we become so used to making an appointment at the slightest sign of discomfort that we have forgotten what the symptoms of a common flu (which can and should be nursed at home) even are? Have we as a society turned health into something that we only pay attention to when it fails us?