I hate walk in clinics. I despise some more than others, but unfortunately, with our system, they are a necessary evil. About three weeks ago I too my young baby to a walk in clinic because he had had a fever for three days was tugging on his ears and hardly sleeping. I couldn’t get ahold of my doctors office so I bundled my child and sat in a waiting room for 2 hours to be told my son was teething and all I could do was give him tylenol.I mentioned his teeth had already cut through and there wasn’t anymore swelling on the gums, but she assured me that it was teething and sometimes it hard as new mothers to tell the difference. The thing is I wasn’t a new mother. I felt stupid for wasting my time and hers. I figured she must be right she kind of checked his ears (he was quite wiggly) and took his temp (but he was on tylenol so I don’t know how that would have helped.) Fast forward a week….
Tweedle 3 still crying, still feverish. Sunday was not a day of rest in fact it was the farthest thing from heavenly at the time. Monday his fever had started to break I noticed his ear was a little crusty, but since he spits up a lot I thought it was food. Tuesday more crustiness. Wednesday I’m quite concerned and make it into the doctor. Sure enough its puss and he had an ear infection. We just finished his round of drops. His ears are clear now thank goodness. I know because she got a good look in each ear and described what she saw to me. I love my doctors office.
It took me a while to post about this because I was mad on so many levels. I was mad it wasn’t caught in the beginning. I was mad that we have such substandard healthcare that these incidences happen more often than not. I was mad for all the time I lost. Finally I was mad I didn’t trust my instincts and get a second opinion. Who am I but his advocate who should be fighting for him, he can’t
I’m stating to get over it now but its taking some time.