Jeesh Emmnemms, that doesn't sound fun! I am thankfully mostly healthy besides the injuries that I have brought upon myself (I'm probably the only 16 yr old that stretches this much to get the kinks out lol). My worst fear is being incapacitated or inhibited in movement in any way. I don't do well depending on others at all and I NEED to move so I really get shaken up at the thought of being out of the action.
Regarding stupid people.....jeesh, where to start! I am totally ok with people needing to ask lots of questions...hey, it's way better that way than to have dead fish. My issue is with those people that should have researched BEFORE they bought a living creature, but don't because they're too lazy. Everyone needs their share of noob questions (heck, I'm going to make a post about my DIY co2 system right now- which is working great BTW!!) but you don't need to waste people's time asking questions that it would take no effort at all to look up on the internet and get a black and white answer. To me, if you are going to ask a question on a forum, it should be because there is no easy or "correct" answer out there (or in the stickies!) and you want advice from people who have actual experience. Such as "my betta has fin rot, I have tries this medication which my research suggests should work, and it did not work. Is there a medication that you would recommend which has worked for you in the past?" or "I am getting conflicting answers on this question. Could anyone clear this up for me?" not "dude, my bettas not swimming anymore. whats wrong with it" And then there are the people that some nice person writes up a huge, detailed response for and they still continue doing things the wrong way because it's easier for them. I hate those people!! Ok, mini rant over ;)
And I think people have been like that since the beginning of time. It's just since we become more knowledgeable ourselves that we notice it more.