I was talking with a friend last night, and the subject of doctors came up... I quickly decided that this would be my subject for today..
I will start by saying (and protecting myself) that there are A LOT of phenomenal doctors out there. The work they do helping people, usually goes under rated.. Like anything though, a few bad apples can ruin the bunch!!
My friend met a new doctor yesterday, this is what she had to say about him.
"He was a 100% douchebag (pardon the language LOL) and had no bedside manner at all. If he was having an "off" day, it was a doozy, because he ruined my day thats for sure."
I came across a few during my pregnancy, again when Gracie had pneumonia at 5 weeks old, and well,, almost every time I've seen a doctor since.
I totally understand that Dr's are Dr's and that we little people are just a number. They see everything, and they've seen our "issue" a million and one times. I get that!! But what I don't get, is why they don't sympathize with the fact that WE have never dealt with these issues before. Why they don't understand that it is OUR child, and we don't care how many other cases of it they've seen.
For example: The doctors in Hamilton obviously don't realize that I don't care if they're busy and that it takes a long time to get an appointment? Why though don't they have enough respect to call and at least let me know where we are in the process of getting Lylah in with a Doctor?
Maybe they see a thousand kids with heart issues, but I've only got one, and she just happens to be one that I love with all my heart. It's been two weeks since I've been told that my baby has to see a pediatric cardiologist and would you believe that no one has called me with any updates yet? That is not acceptable!!
I had to call three times and leave three not so nice messages before I got a call back. They so nicely called back to let me know that "the referral has been made". That's it! Now I'm left to sit and wait while I watch my daughters arms turn blue day after day..
Compassion should be mandatory when it comes to pediatricians!!
I've dealt with bad doctors for simple things too. I've been left sitting in the waiting room (numerous times) with two kids for over and hour, and when I finally get in, I'm practically rushed out the door with no time left for questions.. Any concern just seems to be "that's normal", or "let us know if it's still like that next week"...
I always feel like saying "But, I'm here now,it's like that now, and I just entertained too children in your waiting room for an hour, so deal with it NOW!"
I'm going to end with another statement my friend made last night that pretty much sums up what I'm trying to say here today:
"thankfully this is the first douche i've had to deal with.. because when it comes to your children, we're going to have lots of questions and concerns and worries and want them seen NOW or YESTERDAY!, and if the Dr is too STUPID to know that and ease our fears, then as far as im concerned they are in the wrong profession."
And really,, is that too much to ask??!!!