“You’re probably going to be fine, but just to be on the safe side, I’d like to run some tests,” she said. “Chances are, it’s just random unrelated symptoms that just happened to appear at the same time. Lots of people have both Reynaud’s Syndrome and chronic lower back pain without it developing into lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. We’ll get an x-ray, do some bloodwork, and probably just end up with a baseline that we can compare to down the road. Try not to think about it too much in the meantime, OK?”
Sure, no problem. I’ll just exercise superhuman mental control and not think about worst-case scenarios and what-ifs. We’ll assume it’s just a random conglomeration of symptoms until proven otherwise.
Optimism. I’ll get right on that.
(What particular shade of green is the milk that you’re now not-thinking-about? Mine is a rather lovely emerald with a bit of swirl, as though recently added and not quite all the way mixed.)