Re: Sad but true
I'm not young (early 30s).
As with any illness there's always a risk of pain, and thankfully I do have a high tolerance for pain (I always skip the pain killers and just grit my teeth through pain so I've developed my tolerance over time.).
If it happens it happens. I'll just live with it for the time I can until I die.
I do what I can to heal myself where needed. For example, instead of antibiotics I would opt for a more ancient method like honey on a wound to prevent infection and reduce swelling. (Proper honey, not your sugar filled artificial crap in the supermarkets)
I haven't taken antibiotics in over 15 years, despite having multiple infections in that time which I self treated (they cleared up and healed nicely)
People also often forget antibiotics don't just kill bad things in your gut, they also kill the good ones. You should browse the list of possible side effects on medication before you stick it in your body...
In addition using them too frequently will reduce their effectiveness. Say, you have two people, one person who reaches for antibiotics for the smallest things like a cold (which they do nothing for) and another who rarely uses them.
Give them both sepsis and try to treat them with medical grade antibiotics.
You'll find the person who overused the antibiotics will be more difficult to cure and may not survive where as the person who rarely used them and didn't abuse them would have a higher chance of survival (albeit not guaranteed)
My point being, medication and doctors don't always have to be the answer.
The human body is quite capable of maintaining and repairing itself and while we do occasionally need to help it along the way I would rather not use a medical system which will use my own body against me in the sense of selling data.
I like to travel a lot, which means I need travel insurance. Now picture this, you go to your doctor with a medical concern, s/he writes about that concern in your personal file and sends you off for tests.
Meanwhile that information is immediately shared to a third party, that party then sells it to insurance companies.
Next thing, you can't get travel insurance anymore without paying a hefty premium.
How long until you can't get a credit card because you have a medical condition that makes you a higher risk of dying before being able to pay it back?
If the information is stored and sold to third parties it can and will be used against you.
And so, I choose to avoid the systems which would enable that to happen. It's a personal decision and it is my choice.
I've tried countless times to teach people not to use social media companies like Facebook, or to avoid using google to search for personal things - explained to them the side effects of that.
It always comes back to convenience over their privacy and they just don't care. So I simply don't bother trying to protect other peoples privacy from large orgs like Facebook, because they will use them anyway.
The large companies know this all too well, and so they too will do it anyway because they know those of us who will stop using them because of their decisions is such a small minority that it doesn't make even 0.1% of a difference in their profits.
So I chose to take my own steps for privacy for myself where I can. It's my decision and I will stand by it.
Even if that makes me an "idiot" in other peoples minds.
But you should be happy this idiot not seeing a doctor could be the reason you can see one (one less person in the queue).
I'm also not insensitive to other peoples needs, why do you think I had all 3 COVID jabs despite each one giving me heart pulputations and sweats for a few days? To keep other people safe.
I don't have have them for myself, I had them in order to hopefully prevent someone else losing their mum, brother, sister etc etc.
So yes I may be an idiot, but I am a person who considers my decisions carefully.