Friday, January 30, 2009

Soapbox

Time for me to get on my soapbox again. You see this bruise? This is what happens when a doctor insists on doing things their way even though that way DOES NOT work for Clayton. I get so sick of "protocol" and rules at the hospital, and especially sick of doctors who refuse to listen to the people who know the patient best. A little background for those who don't know or don't remember: Clayton has to get his Botox injections in the O.R. because when they do it the "normal" way in Day Medicine, an I.V. has to be started and he is completely awake. And since his veins are completely ruined from having so many I.V.s, it is an absolute nightmare to get an I.V. started on him while he is awake. So the solution was to move to the O.R., give him some gas, and in ten minutes the injections are done and over. It's worked well so far, but today's anesthesiologist thought she knew better. And even though Shuna (the nurse practitioner who administers the injections) put up a good fight on Clayton's behalf in the O.R., the doctor insisted on poking and prodding on him anyway. And of course, the injections were over before she could ever get one started. Shuna was very upset when we got to Clayton in recovery and knew we would be too, so she told me even she was having to take "deep cleansing breaths" in order to calm down. It really irks me because I'm sure all the doctor managed to do was just create even more scar tissue in his little veins. Like he needed any more. It's just one more example of how some people in the medical profession want to fit everyone into a certain box, even though their circumstances dictate otherwise. Lucky for us Clayton is as resilent as ever and seems to be feeling well anyway. (But when I said something about those "goofy doctors," he said "MY HAND!" with no prompting at all. He knows exactly what's going on, and I'm sure it bugs him even more than the rest of us since he actually has to live through it!)

7 comments:

Patti H said...

that sweet boy is such a trooper! I would be so ripping mad. Love that little guy!!

Stephanie said...

Ok, so seriously, e-mail what you just wrote and the picture of Clayton's hand to every singled doctor you can at that hospital, including the people who did that to him. This kind of stuff should not go with out causing major headaches for the people that create the problem. And yes, my dander is definitely up right now!

Susan said...

Oh that is awful. It makes me angry to even read about it. Praying..always praying. I hope you are feeling well.

Leslie said...

what a big boy! man I'm ticked just reading that myself. I hope you made a stink about it or at least keep that particular Dr. away from him next time.

Yankee said...

Look at his beautiful.
Yes, I would be butt kicking mad.
Can you refuse all further contact with that "doctor"?

Leah said...

ugh. that would have sent me over the edge. good grief.
What a strong boy he is. :)

Stacey said...

Well...as a member of the healthcare field...I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU! I ALWAYS ask a parent what the best way is to treat their child b/c they ALWAYS know...far better than anyone else. You keep it up...you are his best advocate and I hope that doctor has no more contact with him!