Presumably, this woman was fearful and embarrassed about the accident leading to the shooting, and not just plain evil or stupid? But whether you like or not, there are going to be some times when you should go to the doctor no matter what—all fear, embarrassment, convenience and expense aside.
Here at Blisstree, we care about the health even of people with questionable judgment. So consider this our PSA to the medical over-Googlers of the world: If you’ve reached this page for any of the following reasons, we strongly encourage you to proceed immediately to the clinic or hospital for professional medical attention.
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When Your Child Has Been Shot
Hopefully this would have gone without saying, but no such luck. If your child is SHOT WITH A GUN, take him or her to the hospital. Same goes for friends, acquaintances, enemies, and yourself.
TO REPEAT: Take gunshot victims to the hospital, and call 911. You need professional help or you're gonna have a bad time.
When You're About To Give Birth
Speaking of children, so let's say you're about to have one. Yes, we know women have been having babies since forever, and yes, we know that pregnancy and childbirth are somewhat over-medicalized. But if something goes wrong, you may need help - and quickly - to preserve all involved parties' health.
Unless you've discussed the matter extensively with a doctor and midwife and other real medical professionals beforehand, get thee to the hospital. All that amniotic fluid would probably stain your computer chair as you frantically Google contraction frequencies, anyway.
When You've Literally Broken Something
Bones sure are fragile. I've broken a finger and a toe practically just looking at them wrong, and in the scheme of things fracture-wise, those sure were lucky breaks! *crickets*
Anyways, if you think you have a broken bone, you could very well be correct, and it's likely to require treatment in order to heal properly. Until that internet searching will yield you a template for a self-applying, 3-D printable cast, you'll need to see a doctor.
When You've Been Bitten By A Dog
Dogs are our favorite, except when they're not. So someone's let the dogs out, and you've been bitten. The wound doesn't look so bad...
Think again. Dog bites can involve little surface skin damage, but include more serious damage to underlying stuff, like your tendons. Also they are exceedingly likely to become infected. And you might need a rabies vaccine. For all but the most minor bites, quit looking at gory Google images and go to the doctory.
When You've Stepped On A Rusty Nail
Rusty nails are the most stereotypical harbingers of tetanus infection, but actually you can get tetanus in a number of ways: any time your skin is broken and the tetanus spores could have gotten in.
Unfortunately, the main initial tetanus symptom is swelling around the injury. Googling for "swollen tetanus injury" pics will just make you crazy.
And hey, if you're anything like me, vaguely remembering that mom possibly forced you to get a tetanus booster... when you were in college... 10 years ago... is not good enough. Once again, until your 3-D printer can cough up the solution - in this case, a tetanus booster shot - stop Googling and go to the doctor.