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  •  Me, I'd get a new pediatrician (0+ / 0-)

    Any doctor who "doesn't want to see sick kids" ought to be a game warden out in the wilderness.

    Always grateful to wake up alive.

    by Subo03 on Sun May 03, 2009 at 10:04:26 AM PDT

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    •  She's a good doc. (1+ / 0-)
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      Kids get what's going around all the time.  I think parents take them to the doctor either because they panic, or because they can't afford to stay home and care for their sick kid.

      The office has a nurse to answer questions and dispense advice.

      I've diagnosed my kids accurately.  Strep throat once, a UTI once - the doctor visit is just for the tests and write the prescription for antibiotics.  If it is really serious, we go straight to the ER.  (Been three times, admitted twice - it's a good track record.)

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      by Fabian on Sun May 03, 2009 at 10:25:23 AM PDT

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      •  For your kids (0+ / 0-)

        Not every sick child can depend on having a parent as educated and experienced as you are.  parents, of course, are the ost important health care providers of their children just as they are of their education.  I still look askance at a doctor who avoids the sick.

        Always grateful to wake up alive.

        by Subo03 on Sun May 03, 2009 at 10:35:03 AM PDT

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        •  It's not as bad as it sounds. (1+ / 0-)
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          If I had called for an appointment, I'd probably be asked for the cause and if all I had was fever/vomting/diarrhea, they'd probably ask a few more questions to find out if it was serious enough to warrant an office visit.  They wouldn't deny me an office visit, but they would point out that if it was a virus that they wouldn't be able to do much.

          I am more (unofficially) educated than Joe/Jane Average.  I just worked in a clerical capacity at a children's hospital.  I picked up a few things like the difference between what your pediatrician can do for you and what a hospital can do for you.  Doctors are great, but if you need more than some routine tests and you need them NOW, then skip the doctor and head to the ER.  

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          by Fabian on Sun May 03, 2009 at 10:44:16 AM PDT

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