"The internet is my doctor."

Dealing With Injuries Without Health Insurance


Wed, Nov 21st, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Billfold, Logan Sachon interviews Walter White, a 40-year-old construction worker without health insurance who has learnt to use the Internet to figure out his ailments -- and how to deal with them.

WW: The worst was, I used to wear kung fu slippers to work, which I now know was stupid. My boss should have never let me on the job site wearing those. I shouldn't have worn them. But I was doing ladder work one day, drilling holes in this steel beam, flexing my feet. And I got off work and went to happy hour and was totally fine. But in the morning, I got out of bed and and fell on my face. I couldn't walk at all, couldn't put any weight on my feet, it so painful. Turns out I had plantar fasciitis, which is when tissue on the bottom of your foot is inflamed.

LS: How'd you figure that out?
WW: How do you think I figured it out? The internet. The internet is my doctor.

LS: Do you have a certain site you use?

WW: I don't have one site I go to. I probably spent 30 hours researching the symptoms and reading boards and posts, to confirm what I had and what to do.



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