When it comes to personal health, being ignorant about it is not good. Avoiding tests or check-ups because “you’d rather not know” what they might find can be detrimental in the long run for your health. It can possibly save your life like it did my father. Knowledge empowers us to make better choices. Lab testing provides vital insights, allowing you to address issues early and take control of your well-being.
This is the mentality of many people when it comes to their health. People would rather not know what’s going on inside of them. It’s easier to just turn the other cheek, fly under the radar and continue on without a care in the world. But what if there IS something wrong? What if you have an STD? What if your blood count level is low? Wouldn’t you want to know in order to take the necessary actions to get better?
Let’s look at some of the reasons why people would rather not get tested.
Everyone is leading a super busy life. The last thing you want to do is take 2-3 hours out of work to go to the doctor’s office and sit in a germ-infested waiting room full of people, trying not to make eye contact. If that’s not enough, if something IS wrong, you may have to go back for a follow-up or go to a pharmacy to get a prescription filled. Your doctor may tell you to stop drinking or go on a diet and start exercising 3-4 times a week. It’s hard to hear those things, especially when you haven’t personally made the choice for yourself- your doctor is telling you what you HAVE to do. No one likes being told what to do!
Be honest, if you had the choice between getting tested and buying a new pair of shoes or something you really wanted, what would you choose? People want to spend money on the things they want. A co-pay at your doctor’s office, a deductible to your health insurance company, the cost for your script- are all things you wish were free. The reality is, it’s not free… there is a cost for healthcare.
Fear of needles
Some people get queasy at the thought of getting a blood test. That dizzy, light-headed, nauseous feeling is enough to keep you away. Some people even faint. Others hate being touched by people they don’t know. When you think of favorite hobbies- getting blood work done is nowhere on that list.
Dealing with Reality
So you do get tested and find out something is wrong. Now what? You may have an STD and have to tell your partner. You may have to completely change a habit you’ve been doing all of your life. You may have to seek additional treatment. Reality sets in and you feel embarrassed, you feel anxious, you feel worried, you feel lost. Finding out something you didn’t want to know, has stirred up these negative feelings inside, and at this point, you wish you’d never known.
Gain Peace of Mind
Worrying constantly about frightening what-ifs regarding your health takes a toll. Getting tested eliminates uncertainty, providing reassurance or early detection.
Well, it’s time to change your perspective…
There is a saying- “If you knew better, you’d do better.” When you are made aware of a situation, you are no longer in the dark. Your next action is to find a resolution- to take certain medications, to stay away from sugar because you have diabetes, to stay away from gluten because you have a sensitivity. Whatever the case, you now have the information you need to change your life for the better. You don’t have to wonder what’s going on. You don’t have to wonder what if. Getting tested will tell you all you need to know. Don’t let fear of the unknown drive you. Knowledge is power.
A suggestion (not to be taken as unsolicited advice)…
You can order your own blood or urine test and skip your initial trip to the doctor. Purchasing your own lab tests is no longer a thing of the future. You can find out what you need to know quickly and confidentially.