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11/03/2010 at 23:46
Hi, my 3 girls have been poorly on and off since Dec and I've been a regular fixture in the doctors with at least one of them recently.
I just wondered how many of u have had similar problems to me, my girls had been throwing up all week and on ringing the doctors and telling them 3 under 4 throwing up and no way go getting the car out of the drive due to gas works digging up the path across my drive, that I would have to get the bus or a taxi because they only do home visits for the elderly. This is the same doctors surgery who came out when I asked for an appt while pregnant with dd3 because they didn't want 2 such young children being trailed out while so poorly! But that doctor has now retired.
I had no money on me or change for the bus and no idea how to get a poorly 3 yr old and double pram on board anyway! Rang for a taxi and worried about carseats for oldest 2 and was told it would be £20 in case one was ill! (5 min journey in bad traffic but very long walk) Luckily I did manage to explain to one of the men working outside who arranged to get all barriers moved and cover the hole so I could get out in the middle of them working.
I went through all this a month ago whilst suffering from postnatal depression and after taking dd3 back to the doctors today after taking all 3 again yesterday - the doctor rang me and asked to come out because I'd been concerned about dd2!
Ok rant over! anyone else had a horrible time with poorly children?
14/03/2010 at 20:40
Poor you.. Didn't have problem like this, never tried to ask a home visit. The only thing what I don't like that I don't trust the doctors from our surgery and it seems like we have no other choice. The most annoying answer from them I can hear is : oh it happens to the babies, or its just teething, or some bug. What to do, take paracetamol. And thats end of the story. I don't see any point going to see doctors when I know what they will say!! And whats more, feeling like waisting their precious time...
We had a problem what didn't go away, doctors thought it was an ear infection. And it lasted for months and months, no change. I asked to do a blood test or any test to see why it doesn't stop, and was refused. When on holiday abroad the child one night had almost 40C temp, we had to take him to the hospital where the tests were done immediately. So it appeared the child had throat infection what was not cured, so it had got the ears, and that leaded to mounth infection, stomatitis. The child could not eat as his throat and mounth were in painful patches. I was crying myself when my son cried trying to have a tiny peace of mashed food. Thats the concequances of doctors not willing to make some more research and saying oh thats common for the babies....
14/03/2010 at 22:09
When Arthur was about 4 weeks he caught a cold from his school age siblings which became a chesty cough.I took him to the doctor,who said it wasn't a chest infection.This became a recurring thing,he'd have a nasty cough,you could hear it rattling in his chest,and he was wheezy too.Still the doctor said no chest infection,but decided he was a wheezy baby,maybe he'd develop asthma since I have it that was possible,but no chest infection.This went on till he was nearly a year,when he was ill for the whole of December.Finally two days after his first birthday the doctor said yes it was a chest infection,and gave him antibiotics and a ventolin inhaler with one of those baby masks to help them use it.At that point though,none of it helped.He couldn't eat,couldn't drink,and couldn't keep the antibiotics down.He was coughing up green stuff,and being sick some more,and his breathing sounded like a donkey.I took him to casualty,where he started coughing up blood.They did a chest xray,took bloods.One of his lungs had partially collapsed.Then the consultants couldn't decide was it pneumonia,was it a chest infection,we saw that many doctors.Of course it took me and a nurse to hold him still enough to get a line in,I never want to have to do that again.He was put on fluids,IV antibiotics,and two days later he was back on his feet.I had to start him off eating 4 month baby food again,and go on from there,but in just a couple of weeks you'd never have known he'd been ill.Not been ill really since.Never wheezy,usual colds.Just a shame it took him being that sick before he got anything to help him.
I'd dropped everything,grabbed a bag,picked Arthur up and walked out the door,so I had to ring around for someone to pickup Erin from nursery and look after her,someone to get the older ones from school,and I think it was the first time Darren had to look after them all when he got in,not to mention a kitchen full of washing up,washing to sort out,all the things I normally do.I thought the hospital would send us home after a couple of hours,probably tell me I was a time waster so I parked in their car park,so I had to pay extortionate amounts to get my car out the car park.,which was the last thing we needed just then.
I'm not an overworrying mother who takes her baby to the doctor over nothing,far from it,I give nature a good chance to fix us before bothering a doctor,but I think they had me down as that and maybe that's why they weren't listening .I know you don't need antibiotics for a cold,but some times you have to listen to the mother,and credit her with some intelligence.
Another rant,I do apologise.That's probably my worse sick child moment.
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