Friday, January 9, 2009

Pediatritian Rant

I have to change Pediatricians. Now. Due to my son being born in Canada and moving twice since then he missed one of his vaccinations along the way. He missed his Hep B. The nurse went through his records and discovered he was missing this shot which he needs for school. We went about 2 months ago and got this shot and if you know anything about 4 year olds, it was traumatic. He is at the age where he understands it and hates it.

On Monday I saw that it was time to sign him up for Kindergarten and called the pediatrician to get a copy of the shot records so I can go next week to sign him up at the school he will attend. They require 48 hours to print off the records and have them ready for pick up. I went yesterday after dropping my son off at preschool. The nurse called me back after the office staff couldn't find it.

Seems he didn't get the shot he needed. The way the nurse put it was "he needs to get another shot". I said, in a very loud voice " he got the WRONG shot?" She said "I wouldn't put it that way." I asked her how would she put it. She said he didn't get the wrong one just not the one he needed. RIGHT. "He got the WRONG shot?" He needed a Hep B, he got a Hep A. Hep A is NOT required for school. She said "well, if that's how you want to put it." I said again "he got the WRONG shot?" By this time parents in the waiting room are looking at me and holding thier kids a little closer. I said "explain to me how he is supposed to get one shot, he gets a different shot and how that is not the wrong shot." I know what is going on here, they are covering their asses.

I tell her I want the doctor told. I want to know who the nurse was and want her to have nothing to do with either son's records, shots, appointments, care, nothing. She said she will do so.

In order for my son to attend kindergarden he has to get another shot. After I promised him no more shots. I feel horrible. I figire I will pick him up from school run him over then take him to lunch then let him go spend some of his Christmas money. Make it an all-about-Stas day. Hopefully take some of the bad away. I call the office and talk to the nurse and tell her that I will pick him up at his school, which is right across the street from their office, run him over and be done with it. She says they go to lunch at 12 but can see him at 1:45. No. You can't. You gave him the wrong shot, remember? You can wait 10 minutes to go to lunch. She decides to wait on us.

He is ok going into the room. As soon as he sees the needle he freaks. It takes 3 of us to hold him so he doesn't kick the nurse. Although, between me and you, I wouldn't have been to upset had she gotten a tennis shoe to the chin. I got a knee to the throat, but that's ok. I'm a mommy.

Then after all this she says she talked to the doctor. The Hep A is a series of 2 shots and the doctor recommends we come back in 6 months for the second shot. I asked her if she was nuts. She reminds me it is recomended. So? She says in a few years the school system may make it mandatory. Great. In a few years it won't take 3 people to give the kid a shot.

Oh and where is the doctor? It would be nice if he had decided to come and talk to me in person since his office screwed up so badly and gave my son the wrong shot. He's in a meeting she said. "Yeah, wouldn't want him to miss his lunch." I said. "Really, he's in a meeting." she said. "Right, he should have been here." I said.

I'm in the middle of switching doctors now.


Jennifer Juniper said...

I was in a full sweat trying to hold my 6 year old son down for a shot last month, I hear a sister! I would change,too. It wasn't a huge mistake...this time. You don't want to wait for the biggie. Good call, mom.

365 Letters said...

Don't you wish people would just do what they're supposed to. When my daughter was just born, the pediatrician we had carefully picked out suddenly quit his practice (his wife was sick). So, we had to see a new doctor for the first time. He was much younger than me and had no children. When he told me that we shouldn't expose my daughter to other languages because it might confuse her, I never went back. We found another great doctor immediately!

kim* said...


let everyone know...rude doctor...he is just in it for the money apology is needed.

MooreMagnets said...

Yep - I would have been TICKED!!! Our youngest son has never gone to a "pediatrician", he actually goes to the same family practice as My husband and I. A couple of the doctors there are pediatricians. The popular pediatrician's office in town did almost the same thing only worse to our oldest son. They completely 'lost' all of his shot records before he started kindergarten - he had to get ALL of them over again. Let me just say that he ate all of the ice cream that he wanted for months!

Beth said...

MooreMagnets-ALL of his shots? Oh. My. God. I would have gone ballistic in the office. Poor baby.

365--what an idiotic thing to say.

Brenda Heisler said...

I'm so sorry that happened to you and your son. Yes, find a different doctor. And look for one with a "sick" and "well" office. They have different hours and clean and sanitize. I read about one at a blog somewhere.

Keep us informed about the new one.


Margaret said...

O.M.G.!! I would have done the same thing! That is NOT right! How can they just "give the wrong one??" Ugh. We had to change docs early last year because of our own issues like this (lost paperwork and therefore BIG info was lost .... ) but COME ON! Poor kid!

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Definitely switch doctors! Boy that would have made me so upset:) Your poor little boy.

Hyla Waldron said...

Eeks Woman! What a story!

And be very careful before hubby gets the big V, sure you dont want a chance at a little girl??!!

Do NOT change or up any medications while you are waiting for him to get the big V. If you do, be extra extra careful.


Julie Schuler said...

How exhausting! I would definitely switch doctors. However, I probably wouldn't tell me kids they will not have to have any shots, because nothing is certain, what if they step on a nail or something and they need a tetanus shot? Also, overcompensating with goodies doesn't teach them to take hardships in stride. Kids get a lot of cues about how to react from us, and if you are anxious, he will be anxious.

Michelle Johnson said...

How horrible!! I'm so sorry you and your son had to go through this!