February 03, 2009

Don't Call Me Florence

I was BACK at the pediatrician's today.

Tell me, do I have toddlers or pre-teen and teenagers because, I am at the pediatrician as much as I was when my children were babies and I think I must be missing something... some sort of medical time warp.

Last week I went after Mr. T had four days of a temp of 102. That's not good. I will let the fever ride for two or three days... when they hit four, and ibuprofen (the magic drug) doesn't take it down below 100, I take them in. Something else must be going on.

But nope, it was some funky virus going around that kicked his butt for SEVEN days. He missed the entire week of school.

This virus ENDS with cold symptoms.

Ringo woke up Sunday immediately with them, moving past the fever, but also gaining a tight chest.

I kept him home yesterday and by last night, when he openly said, "It really hurts to breathe, not as bad as when I had pneumonia this summer, but bad..." that was cause enough for me to take him in.

And... they have no clue what he has. But this is what a hard nosed mother I can be.

And I mean hard nosed mother in the nicest sense, not as in cussing and calling me ugly names.

The doctor said, 'Breathe in...' and he did, she said, 'deeper', and he did, and she said, "NO... as DEEP as you can..." and it was the same.

She looked at him and said, "Is that the deepest you can breathe?" and when he mumbled a 'yes' she said, "Yeah, you sound tight, we need you on a breathing treatment."


I was sitting there biting my tongue about ready to poke him in the back and say, "Suck it up and breathe deep. Quit being lazy!"


She did a breathing treatment and his lungs filled with air.

I'm amazed sometimes my kids are alive. Really.

She said to me, "Make him breathe deep and if you can't, put him on the nebulizer. Babies and 13 year old boys won't tell you when something is wrong..."

Does she live in my house?

And so he has an inhaler now, and breathing treatments until he can move past whatever it is that is settled into his lungs. They say it is viral, so we'll see. He's going to try to go to school tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the doc and I were talking and she brought up a good point.

She told me with budget cut backs, she thinks the janitorial staffs have been cut too much and the schools are not as clean as they once were. She said when she was a kid, there were janitors all over... now? It is skeletal.

She could have a point. I don't know how often the desks actually get 'cleaned' at our school and is something I'm going to ask. I know the lower grades the teachers are constantly bleaching the big tables, but when the kids move to desks and constantly switch classes? I don't know.

Food for thought... she swears she sees more sick kids now than she did 10 years ago... and its not due to a population boom.

Posted by Boudicca at February 3, 2009 05:04 PM

It could also be fewer pediatricians... there are so many doctors giving up in disgust over all the crazy lawsuit crap they have to endure just to practice. *sigh*

I can't tell you how glad I am to be past that. But I must say in all fairness, my kids were seldom sick. I only remember my daughter missing school once or twice with some bug or other. My son missed lots of school with migraines (lots), but seldom with "illness" and once the migraines were treated properly - he didn't get sick and never missed school anymore.

Posted by: Teresa at February 3, 2009 10:53 PM

It has been forever since we've been to the pediatrician. In fact, I have a nagging feeling that somebody may have missed some booster shots. I don't know which boy or when. I will have to call ... just a little voice that says I've overlooked something.

Our pediatrician packed up his family and moved to Tennessee, since he wasn't doing much better than breaking even here. Washington is not the best place to practice medicine I guess. Liberal state, of course.

Posted by: PeggyU at February 4, 2009 03:11 AM

Until this summer, other than one nasty cold a year, my kids never got sick. This year? We've had pneumonia, bronchitis, some weird virus that knocks you out for a week and now this.

I'm absolutely puzzled.

S. FL is not a good place to practice either. We have doctors leaving the state as well. I had a sports injury, got diagnosed by my internist, made an appt for 6 weeks later, and was informed she and he (husband wife team) had moved to WVa to get out of FL medicine. That was 6 years ago... and its still happening.

We have a SCARY shortage of neurologists here.

Posted by: Bou at February 4, 2009 06:55 AM

Might not be a bad idea to send a bottle of hand sanitizer to school with each of your kids and have them wipe down their desks with it every day. That is, unless some silly school rule forbids the stuff. Wouldn't surprise me, too many kids would probably drink the stuff.

Posted by: diamond dave at February 4, 2009 09:53 AM

Praying things get better for you and the sick kids.

Posted by: JihadGene at February 5, 2009 09:39 AM