One day after class one my college students said “Can I ask you a mom question?”
I said sure. She said, “I have this pain in my chest. “
So I started asking her questions like I would with one of my kids. I asked her if her chest hurt or if her heart was beating quickly? And I immediately thought she’s probably had too much caffeine and asked her about her consumption. But then she started pointing to an area more under her ribs. After asking if her bra underwire was sticking her in the chest (she said no) I worried it was asthma/breathing-related problems. At this point, I told her she needed to see the doctor on campus. I asked her if she had enough money to see the doctor and if she knew how to make an appointment and she said yes. And I said, OK well you need to go because I have no idea what is wrong with you.
It made me wonder what most college students do when they have ailments other than the obvious head cold. Do they know when they need to see a