Complacency in Health

Complacency in Health

Whilst I was contemplating writing an article on particular health issues which are in our public eye at the moment, it came to me that as a nation of busy people, we have become complacent about our health.

As a parent, our concerns are justifiably around our children, their welfare and health is always a priority. BUT, what about ourselves. The majority of adults do not think about their health matters, until it matters.

This month in the public eye is asthma week – www.asthmaaustralia.org.au, heart week –www.heartfoundation.org.au and launched today R U OK? – www.yourstruly.org.au

But what about the common cold, or the flu. The flu outbreak in South Australia has been and still is a severe viral disease. The average adult will get a common cold at some point throughout their life, but when does this change.

“When do you need to see your Doctor?”

“When should you take your health seriously?” My answer would be always.

It was recently brought to my attention that as a growing nation of internet doctoring, we at times automatically attribute our own symptoms to the cold or flu virus, this may not always be the case.

I would like to draw your attention to a well-known disease that rears its ugly head from time to time:  Meningitis.

The symptoms of meningitis in older children, teenagers and adults can include:

  • A fever, with cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness and difficulty waking up
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Pale, blotchy skin and a distinctive rash (although not everyone will have this)
  • A severe headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Convulsion or seizures

These symptoms can appear in any order, and not everyone will get them.

If you are unwell and unsure, do not power through with the attitude ‘I’ll be right’ – see your Doctor.  No question or illness is ever too much for our profession.

(In Memory of Tom, aged 23, RIP 7.9.15)