Every time there's something mildly wrong with one of my children, I struggle with the notion of running to the pediatrician or waiting it out. Calling the pediatrician often times results in a response of, "I can't diagnose it over the phone - we'll have to see him; he could have an ear infection. When do you want to bring him in?" First of all, my eldest has NEVER once had an ear infection in his long, almost four years of existence so I refuse to believe that every issue is the result of some default diagnosis of an ear infection.
Obviously I want advice from a third-party medical source, but do I want a side of guilt along with it when they tell me they need to see him even though I don't know if it is entirely necessary? If I say no, that puts guilt on me to come in, and if I choose not to, I'm a bad parent (I can actually hear the nurse judging me silently over the phone).
However, whenever there is something wrong, it always seems to become apparent only on the weekends or at a time when seeking help from the regular pediatrician isn't an option. Is it just me, or does that happen to every other parent?
Regardless of what I decide to do, I just hate the game of not knowing what's wrong, feeling like I'm supposed to know what's wrong, and then having to make the decision to run the kids to the doctor to be told that nothing is wrong. Maybe I should have gone into medicine... then I'd be able to diagnose my own insanity.
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