|Pg 197 Xray of Adult hand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
You can imagine the string of bad names I called myself. What kind of mother lets her child's injury go untended for two weeks? How many doctors are going to give me the stink eye when I take him to the emergency room (I called his pediatrician and he agreed that x-rays were the only way to tell what was going on)? So we trotted off to the ER, just in time for the evening rush. This is not about ER drama or frustration though. The staff were all great and we were even offered free sandwiches by a Pastoral Care intern!
Doctor: "So x-ray doesn't show any breaks. We're going to put it in a splint and have you follow up with a specialist in a week. Sometimes in young kids their bones are still growing (something about a growth plate) so everything doesn't show up on a regular x-ray."
Mom: "So what will the specialist recommend for treatment if there is some trauma to the growth plate?"
Doctor: "They'll put it in a splint and have him rest it more."
Mom: "So he'll go to a specialist and have a fancy x-ray and then be told to do the same thing that you just did?"
How can we ever be expected to trust our guts when it comes to our own kids? The conversation above is not made up and the entire message was given with a straight face, on the doctor's part, at least. I don't know what I'm really trying to say here except this - do your best. Sometimes we make the wrong call but even when we're right, there will be someone dropping little bits of doubt in you.
I don't plan on taking him to the Pediatric Bone doctor (unless someone gives me some good reasons) but I'm sure I'll be wondering the rest of the month if I made the right decision.