Sunday, October 25, 2009

Baby Torture Chamber

The kids have been sick. One will get better and the next in line will get it. I have been off and on fighting off a cold. It's been a trying week to say the least. Today, after Nathan running a mild to high fever for about 4 days, I took him in to see the doctor on call. She looked him over and said all seemed fine, but wanted to send him for an x-ray.

And this doctor had little bedside manner. Trust me lady, I didn't want to be there anymore than you did!

So we had to go to the local hospital's ER to get that done. I'm not used to that. Our old pediatrician had everything in house. I wasn't thrilled about taking my 18 month old, whose immune system is already working overtime, to an ER full of germs. But whatever. This is where I should have listened to my gut. Should have just came home and let things run its course. So we get in there and get worked in and taken back to get the x-rays done. We walk in there and the tech tells me that since he is a baby they will have to put him in this. I just looked at it, looked at him, looked back at it and looked back at him and then said, "REALLY!?!!?!?". He said, "Yes, sometimes adults just don't know their own strength and we do this so no one gets hurt." It was horrible. HORRIBLE! I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do that crap again. I am getting the kids a new pediatrician tomorrow. There is NO WAY we are going back there. NO FREAKING WAY!

Doctor just called and said everything was normal. To just let it runs it's course. Easy for her to say. She doesn't have to listen to her baby crackle when he breathes.


Karen said...

Ec,k what an ordeal. I did my nursing clinicals in the PEDS ER, so I know all about that device. I hope he's better soon. Good luck finding a new doc. I found ours by reading local reviews on we've been very happy with our new doctor.

Amanda said...

((((((Nathan))))))) Both of my kids have had to use one of those :( Our old ped had one in the office.... there has to be a better way! Hope he feels better soon :(

Stephanie said...

Awwwww, poor baby :( You just never know... as awful as it was, it's better to check it out and make sure it's nothing serious, especially since it lasted so long. That contraption looks awful!

I hope everyone is feeling all better soon.

TnL's Mommy said...

That is really sad!! I have not had to experience that thing!! But I guess if they are able to get a clear picture after a couple rather than retaking it, then it is better. It still looks really sad and I would be a mess if my sick kid had to go thru that! Hugs to you and Nathan!! I hope he is feeling better soon!

EmilytheCreative said...

Thanks everyone! The thing about the x-rays and that torture device was, that in my opinion, it isn't needed. There are different holds that a parent can do to still get a clear shot. We've done them before with our old ped's x-rays techs and all was well. I just really miss our old ped office. They were the perfect match for us.

Bridgett said...

Yup...I'd be getting a new doc too.


I have never seen anything like that before in my life. That's awful. Poor Nathan.

EmilytheCreative said...

Bridgett, it's supposed to hold the child still so that multiple shots aren't needed. But with my old doc they never used that thing. Either I or another nurse/tech held the child. CRAZY, simply CRAZY!