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Thank you for taking the time to see my daughter today about her relativly mild cough. Thank you also for prescribing some medication for her, as opposed to telling us to "wait and see if it gets worse", thereby making us come back when it's less convenient, more of an emergency, and take up more of our time.

What I'd like to talk to you about, is your amazingly fucktarded decision to prescribe my two year old, 80 ml of yucky medication as a one-time dose. While that may have been the right dose of medication, and while it's possible you may have also taken into account the vast amount that gets spit out, the reality of holding down a two-year old, injecting down her throat a 10 ml syringe full of medicine EIGHT FUCKING TIMES, while she is kicking, screaming and choking... lets just say that was probably one of the more stupid medical decisions I've come across. If you ever try to do something like that again, I'll ensure you have to administer the medicine yourself, just so you can fully appreciate the experience. In case you don't have an appreciation for how much liquid that is, it's more than half a bottle of gripe water.

It took a brief conversation with a hospital pharmacist for me to find out that you could have prescribed her a single tablet we could have crushed up and put in some jam. The drink we had to buy, cost us $30. The tablet that we ended up having to purchase anyways, cost us $12.

Drinkable crap = 2 hours of screaming and huge sticky mess everywhere + $30
Crushable pill = 0 screaming, happy toddler with a yummy snack, a sticky jam mouth's worth of clean up + $12.

Get. A. Fucking. Clue.


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May. 30th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Wow. The pediatrician doesn't have never took care of any kids?
May. 30th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
I wouldn't guess it was actually a Pediatrician. I would suspect they were a GP acting as one. Then again, even Ped's without children are lacking in the knowledge they need for something like this, and that could be true I suppose.

May. 30th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
What was especially frustrating is that the pharmacist specifically told the doctor that it was going to be too hard to administer to a child of that age... but the doctor deliberately ignored him and chose to go ahead with his own agenda.
May. 30th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
I'd suspect the doctor either didn't have kids or wasn't a Pediatrician. It's kind of like in my work. There are six doctors in this office, and only myself and one other actually have children, considering we specialize in children and that is all we have as clients, it's baffling to me how these others got their job.

It's one thing to have a book tell you what you can do, should do, and what is supposed to work, but when you don't really have "kid" experience...you can't deviate from the text because you don't know anything else.

My client list is so full I have been spending Saturday's at the office to stay ahead. So much for weekends off. heh. Between me and Sarah (the other parent), we are turning away clients and having to send them to other clinics on referral.

We have asked for relief from the director, but he is also a non-parent and doesn't understand why the parents aren't happy with the other doctor's seeing their child.

Kids are anything but traditional these days, and if you aren't parent, you end up lost and wondering why kids act the way they do. Hell, I am a parent and I sometimes shake my head.

That isn't to say the others are bad doctors, but they are worknig in a position that they aren't experienced enough for.

Anyway, sorry to rant, but the point is that it happens in general medicine as well, more often in fact. Doctors are scarce world wide, and most clinics will hire what they can get. Experience in a particular field is considered icing for the cake. Most clinics just want cake.

So I feel your pain, and have firsthand experience on both sides of the issue babe. I would suspect your doctor was following the text, going by what he was taught, and nothing more. I could be wrong, but I see it a lot. There are some doctors who just don't give a shit, and often pass meds that make the most money....don't believe that they don't get incentives, I know for a fact we do. But that is what I think makes a great doctor over a good one. The one who takes the patient's complete situation in mind regardless of what bonuses they can get is a great one. It can be tempting though, to give med A over B because of the perks. I avoid it, but not everyone can.

Hey, next time, pour the liquid into some juice or kool-aid. It usually hides the taste and doesn't affect the meds. Or you can follow the old Mary Poppins route, and give a spoon full of sugar.

May. 30th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Unfortunately the flavor was pretty strong, and we were concerned about getting her to drink the medication let alone extra liquid to mix it in.

The crushable pill was the best solution, took five minutes, and we're pretty sure she got the entire dose.

What was really odd, was that the pharmacist specifically told the doctor that it was going to be too hard to administer to a child of that age... but the doctor deliberately ignored him and chose to go ahead with his own agenda.

Edited at 2008-05-30 05:15 am (UTC)
May. 31st, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
That open letter rocked.
May. 31st, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
I particularly liked 'fucktarded.' And 'EIGHT FUCKING TIMES.'
May. 31st, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
Ah yes... my language also noticeably deteriorates, the angrier I am.
May. 31st, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! I tend to write letters when I get mad... I find it therapeutic!
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