A recent illness in our family made me realize this: I miss those days when our youngest daughter went to a practice of only two pediatricians, and mainly saw just one of those doctors. In the rare instance when that doctor was not available, we would see the second pediatrician in the practice. Because this practice was so small, even that doctor knew everything about our daughter: her past health history, her recent illnesses, and so forth.
When we moved to Orange County a few years ago and had a second daughter, we were referred to a practice of six doctors located near our new house. Without giving it much thought I signed our daughters up for their practice, and from the moment my second daughter was born we have been with the same group.
And we have seen just about every doctor there.
The problem? At this larger practice, the doctors do not confer with one another. They have no idea about the past history and unfortunately they each believe in different things regarding medicine.
Let me give an example. Our second daughter is prone to high fevers. This past week her fever held on for five days, and it was high most of that time, ranging from 103 up to 105 on Thursday. These fevers were around the clock, and even Motrin didn’t subside them, or bring them down below 104: We had to give her a bath after each dose.
I am used to these high fevers, as she has been plagued by them since birth. But they have never lasted longer than 24 or so hours.
On Wednesday I called the practice, spoke with a nurse, and was instructed to use a warm bath but not to use both Motrin and Tylenol, as double dosing was no longer recommended. Give her Pedialyte to drink.
On Thursday her fever spiked to 105, and so we went into the office to see her doctor. Her doctor was not there, so we saw a second doctor. This second doctor told us to wait another day, that this was not uncommon, that it could be a viral thing, and to use both Tylenol and Motrin to control her fever. What about no double dosing? No, no, it was fine. And anything to drink, even milk, because she needed the liquids.
On Friday, we went back into the office because her fever was still over 103. We saw the second doctor again, and had some blood work done. When the blood results came back a third doctor called with this news: Looks like a bacterial infection in the blood, come right away and get a shot of antibiotics and then go back to the Urgi Kids office on Saturday for a second shot, and Sunday for a third.
When we got there we were told no milk, as it would upset the stomach.
So we did what she said. Then on Saturday, doctor number four told us that it didn’t seem to be bacterial, she didn’t need the injections, it was way too much poking and prodding, and that he felt it was viral. He also said that he double doses medication when his daughter is sick.