My Tuesday tip? Don’t be afraid to request a specialist for any medical work you need done with your child, whether it’s in the ER, or for routine blood work, etc. Blood work and labs were always super-traumatic for Jenna, requiring multiple pokes, which led to screaming, and ultimately puke. We finally got enough guts to ask if there was someone who specialized in pediatric blood work, and they said, “Sure.” Arrgh! Why in the world did we wait so long to ASK?? Now we routinely ask, no matter where we are. Even at children’s hospitals, the lab techs will often tell us they have one person who is especially good when we tell them we’ve had past troubles with Jenna’s draws.
You would think that I would have learned from that experience, but…
In the stress of the moment in the ER after Jenna broke her arm, I failed to request a consult with an orthopedic specialist. The MD on duty said it was a “clean” break that didn’t need set. I was so relieved in that moment, I didn’t even think much about it. We were instructed to follow up with an orthopedic surgeon in one week. One week later, the orthopedic surgeon was disgusted that the arm hadn’t been set. He said the bone in her arm showed a 20º displacement, which apparently is fairly large. To correct it at that point would have meant general anesthesia and re-breaking the arm. We opted (at his recommendation) to leave it alone. At her age, the bone will fully correct itself eventually, but until then, she has a slight “hump” in her arm and it’s not visibly straight if you’re paying attention. The ER we visited was at a children’s hospital, where I’m sure I could have requested an ortho consult and avoided a lot of stress and problems.
Moral of the story: It never hurts to ask!