Friday, June 29, 2012

Dear Pediatrician

Today Harrison received his first round of vaccinations.  I took his temp around 21:45 and it was at 100.4, so while I was not too concerned, I understand that 100.4 in the first few months of life could warrant at least a call to the Pediatrician.  Our Pediatrician has an after hours line open until 10pm, so I gave them a call and told them the issue.

The response back was nothing less than holier than thou snark.  She, in a condescending tone, informed me that he could have a low grade fever in the first 24 hours, and that 100.4 was low grade and that it could go up to 102.5.

Look, I understand issues involved with vaccines, and I also know that 100.4 is considered to be a fever in infants up to 6 months of age, and I understand I called your established after hours line at 21:55, but do not talk to me like I am an idiot.  Even if you believe that I am an idiot for calling you, give me the information in a polite manner.  If 100.4 was not a temperature to call the office for then they should have given me real parameters to work with instead of vaguely telling me a "low grade fever".  I am a smart cookie, I have a degree in Registered Nursing, I can handle real deal parameters.  What I can not handle is rude doctors that treat their patients like we are a burden.

At the end of the day my wife and I, and us alone, are responsible for the well being of our child.  The Pediatrician reaps no rewards nor does she suffer any consequences for what happens in the life of my child and because of that I will act accordingly in the best interest of my child and my child alone, even if that means the Pediatrician is inconvenienced by having to call me back on the after hours line that her practice set up.

I am a father and husband first and because of that I do not take kindly to bullshit and attitudes in regards to my family especially from a peer in the healthcare industry.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2012 has brought many great things

February seems like a lifetime ago.

Since my last post I turned another year older, Ashley brought a beautiful baby boy into the world and we named him Harrison, and I have finished nursing school, started working as a nurse, and will take the NCLEX sometime this summer.  Time seems to have passed quickly, and it always seem to move much faster when time is what you have the least.

Reading Area Community College
Registered Nursing
Class of 2012

Graduating from Nursing School has been a huge accomplishment.  It is one of the hardest things I have ever done.  Despite already having a degree, Nursing school was so much harder to accomplish and it took everything I had to do it.  Now that it is over I have some great memories of the friends that I2012 made and some of them will be remain in my life for years to come.

I have also been hired in a nursing position in a local Long Term Care facility in a Float Pool position.  It is not a full transition into nursing just yet, and I still have my other job, but it is a step until full time positions open up in a saturated market in this area and I can actually practice the skills in order to keep them.

The most exciting thing to happen in my life is that my amazing wife Ashley gave birth to our son Harrison.  The birth of a child is truly life changing.  That sounds like a horrible cliche, but it completely and utterly true.  Life with Harrison, the two months so far, has been amazing.  He is beginning to smile when Ashley or I walk into the room, and that smile is what I love to see everyday.  He, without a doubt, makes every day awesome.

2012 has definitely brought exciting things to the Life of Anthony and it looks like it will only get better from here.  Now with school over I should have more time to blog, so stay tuned for more to come and share it with my family.