Admittedly I have taken Jack to the Doctors about 4 times since he was born some 7.5mths ago. I might be a new mum without a PhD but I’m certainly no time waster.
So, the guilt trip starts with the Receptionist. I have to pluck up the courage to call my Doctors Surgery these days. Yesterday I called to make an appointment as Jack had been feverish and run down all week, the Receptionist asked, ‘Do you need to see the Doctor because of a medical issue?’. Seriously, was she for real? Nope, I wanted to discuss my thoughts on new décor for my house. I have had nothing but trouble with her previously.
Once, you’ve managed to satisfy the Receptionist and her ego that you do actually need to see a Doctor, trying to get an actual appointment is a joke. I have NEVER been able to get a timed appointment, they only ever have Open Access available where you have to sit in the surgery amongst all the other poorly patients for a lengthy time with a baby. It’s quite a treat when your baby is crying and everyone gives you evils as a result.
I made a complaint previously, having waited an hour with Jack only to find 3 Doctors chatting in a corridor with their brews. I know that they are all due a break, but seriously, talk about frustrating when there is a queue of patients waiting to be seen.
Then there is the brief and pointless visit with the Doctor itself. We always manage to get the same Doctor with Jack, perhaps he is a baby specialist but boy, is he hard work. I may as well not bother. He belittles me every time and makes me feel like we’re not worthy of his time. His tone of voice is really quite brash and he has you out of there in a hurry and none-the-wiser.
Now I am no busy-body, worrying mum who panics at the first sign of trouble but I am a mum who knows her child better than anyone else so would like to think the Doctor could spare me his crap.
Should I be made to feel guilty for being worried about my son? Should I put my boy at risk because I don’t want to waste the Doctor’s time? To hell with that.
Below is a photo of Jack’s first visit to the Doctor at a week old – quite right too son.