Monday, 12 November 2018

OBSESSION WITH ILLNESS


What is it with the general public now adays that everyone is talking about some kind of illness.
I can't put on the radio or read a paper or watch tv without illness creeping in.
I watch a drama and someone has cancer or a brain tumour, either that or they show them in bed in  hospital tubed up. 
I don't want to see it.
It's bad enough when it happens to you in real life without having it rammed down your throat in your front room when you want to relax.


If I'm in a queue in a shop I over hear conversations on illness, everywhere seems to be obsessed with it.
I know all bout illness I've lived with it for years but constantly being reminded by the media that my waist shouldnt' be a certain size, it might indicate diabetes, or if I do not exercise I might have a heart attack doesn't do anything to make me feel good.

I do not remember it being like this years ago, of course people were poorly but they got on with life and didn't dwell on it.

I think we should have a campaign to put a stop to this doom and gloom, I for one am fed up with it, it does nothing to make you feel better if you are trying to have a nice day when you have illness yourself.

Sorry, just had to have a rant.

22 comments:

  1. I understand. I've been constantly feeling unwell (sorry, now I'm going on about it!) for the past month or so and am fed up with it, hard to ignore it though when everyone around and on tv seems to be obsessed with illnesses too.

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    1. Sooze, I'm not unsympathetic to people who are uwell, Tom has been unwell for most of his life but we have managed to keep fairly cheerful. It's the media constantly writing and talking about it and it does nothing to make you feel good does it?

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    2. I know, the media is all doom and gloom these days, isn't it?

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  2. Im lucky that I never get ill but I am surrounded by it with Hubby and my close cousin who has just had whipple op and is now having to have chemo.I get round it by being as upbeat as I can when I am around them.Flashing a big smile,talking about it if they want to or moving on to another topic.I dont watch much telly so i dont get to see it on there.I know what you mean though,even if your in the supermarket you cant help but hear others conversations about their coughs and colds!xx

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  3. I think sometime we know tto much Debi, back in the day it was just a bad back or a bug but now we know all the nitty gritty and sometimes its not good to know too much. Just listening to 'South Pacific' on Spotify while sewing, now that's good. lol

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    1. Now thats a great pick me up...listening to your favourite music.Yes your right,it is too easy to google your symptoms and it worries you so much that next thing you are convinced that you have something terrible!.Id rather read your blog,than google illnesses...your little bundle of cuteness always makes me smile...err,I mean the puppy not Tom...although he is a handsome bugger as well,lol,xx

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  4. Oh dear! Your blogpost appears to have infected me with rantitis! You should have warned your faithful readers that the post was contagious. Rantitis is a serious condition for which there is no known cure.

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    1. There's a good cream for that QP. I must get some. lol

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  5. Totally agree with you.We buy a paper most days and you can bet there will be something in about a new health cure or a reminder about what to eat etc.I take it all with a pinch of salt.Our daughter has been a Type 1 diabetic for 42 years and the number of times you read about a "cure" is ridiculous.We are no further forward that we were when she was diagnosed.OK the treatment has been refined but no cure.
    The highlight of my week is Friday evening."would I lie to you".It does you good to have a laugh and there are not many of those around at the moment!!!Keep smiling.

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    1. I'm not miserable Beejay, but this morning I turned the radio on and couldn't believe how depressing all the talk was. I think I'll tune in to classic in future. lol

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  6. I know several people who are constantly talking about their illness and I think mainly it's for the attention. They want people to feel sorry for them. I'm sure the media does it for the same reason, it gets them the sympathy vote.

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  7. I agree with you and with Ann and her comment. I had not really thought about this until you mentioned it. now I realize it is every where... I also suffer from rantitis.. and have my favorite soap boxes to rant from but I do try to stay away from illness and politics on my blog.. I want something that makes me smile or feel joy. photos of cats and dogs and critters always lift my spirit

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  8. My husband is ill and been in and out of hospital since May, Before that we never noticed conversations or programmes about illnesses, but now as you say its everywhere!

    Like Sandra I like happy posts

    Julie xxxxxx

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  9. Well, the entire content of the news these days is so sorrowful! And the ads for prescription PILLS! They tell you how much they can help you, then they talk really fast about how the side effects can kill or paralyze you!

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    1. This is exactly what I mean Ginny. I know you have your fair share of ill health and I was not getting at people with ill health, its just that keep having these things put in front of you makes you feel worse not better. I'm sure all this advertising is making people paranoid. As for side effects Tom has experienced lots over the years and I'm pretty sure that one pill he was on for years may be the cause of his lung problem.
      But, we both try to be happy and think of all the people who never managed to get this far in life, we are grateful for what we have.
      Hugs
      Briony
      x

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  10. Illness does seem to be a major topic of conversation since we and our friends have gotten older.
    I am very happy to be as healthy as I am even though I have diabetes. It's just something I don't choose to dwell on.
    I think a positive attitude is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself from getting ill.
    Those TV commercials that say 'ask your doctor if this pill is right for you' really irritate me! LOL!

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  11. I have never noticed any advertisements about pills other than those which will help or 'cure' a cold/flu as we fast forward through all adverts these days. Nor have I heard people talking about their illnesses etc, but that is because I don't get out like I used to. What I have noticed is that when I see my GP or any health professional they ask me if I feel this or that which makes me aware that this or that could be the next thing on the agenda for me and my senses are subconsiously heightened as to how I am feeling and any new twinge etc becomes a major thing. The same also with the leaflets on my condition in hospitals and surgeries.

    I try not to dwell on how I am feeling, but it is jolly hard to ignore. I also try not to bore people about my condition as the majority of people don't really want to know. Whenever asked I always say I am fine, but then again I am generally fine in my self, in my outlook on life, interests I have, interests in the people on blogs I follow. Yes, I myself am fine, thank you.

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  12. I hate watching the news because all they focus on is bad news.

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  13. I'm with you! I think earlier generations were much less free with personal details about their lives, and I'm not sure that was entirely a bad thing. (I suppose it's a bit hypocritical for me to say that, being a blogger!)

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  14. I know what you mean and it has been niggling me recently. Amazing the number of people on line who start off telling us all exactly how they feel. Once in a while is fine, but every time is wearing. It may be good that people are open. I'm sure it is beneficial to talk, but it most definitely is not great if that is all you hear.

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