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3 Visits and 4 Lessons Learnt- At the Doctor

 

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When you get to the visit the G.P  thrice  in a week’s time, once in a position where you’re too weak to lift your head and you need to be taken in and put on drips, the second in a slightly better position, where you need medication for your never-ending cough and third time as guardian to your kids, you tend to notice things that don’t meet the eye in the first visit.

 

On visit #1, I was asked by the nurse to stand on the weighing scale so he could check my height and weight as part of routine procedures before one is allowed to go into the doctor. In between a terrible headache and bouts of throwing up, I had barely an ounce of energy left to take off my boots, so up I stepped on the weighing scale. I was politely asked to remove my shoes and I politely asked him to deduct 2cms for the heel of my boots and he said he would deduct a kg for the shoes.

On the same visit as I lay on a bed receiving drips for 2 hours and a white curtain separated me and other patients whose heights and weights were being checked by the nurse along with the regular question of ” What is your complaint?”, I was soon able to predict which one of those patients was genuinely sick and which one had only come to avail a sick leave from office. I’m absolutely sure I made 99% hits. I would have made 100% if I could also see their faces but that was not to be as the curtains were drawn.

In this part of the world, you can’t just take a day-off if you’re sick of everything around you; you need to support it with a sick leave letter. I understand at times, you might just need a break from work and you’ve planned your limited annual leave; so you decide to call in sick. But how do you get the letter? Here’s a tip learnt from being at the clinic for those 2 hours in the same room where the initial check-up is done.

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Lesson#1, if you want to feign illness, don’t talk too much. “You’re sick, remember!”

Clear voice, “I have a cold, a cough and a burning sensation in my eyes”. Prediction… that’s more like a request for a Sick leave.

Deep, choking cough, sneeze, less words, more nods. Prediction…genuinely sick

“Must I take off my shoes before going on the weighing scale? ..Yes ok Thank you”… Prediction Sick leave.

“I have a headache, a stomach ache, an aching throat, a back ache,a….” Now your turn to guess.

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Lesson#2 : There’s more to being a doctor than getting great scores in Science 

On the second visit, when I ended up with a fever and a cough, I sat in the waiting room totally in awe of the hospital staff. “Wow! They must have some immunity to work here day in and day out and not fall sick”

On visit #2, I was told, my family doctor, Dr. George had not come in that day because he was sick. “Well, obviously. The poor man had been seeing flu patients ever since he was back since Christmas”. And that moment gratitude struck in for my chosen profession while also being thankful to all those people who choose the medical profession.

“When a doctor’s o.k., he is surrounded by sick people and when he is not surrounded by the sick, he is probably sick himself!”. It’s definitely not easy being a good doctor. It’s a profession that demands a lot of sacrifice. And all my life, I thought I hadn’t chosen the medical profession because of circumstances. I finally realized I could never have been a doctor! Just wasn’t cut out for that kind of work.

Lesson#3- Even if it’s tough, don’t doubt your teens when it comes to illness. Even if they like missing school occasionally, they may not be making excuses. At times there may be genuine reasons.

With so much fever in the air, I had lost my sense of judgement and couldn’t determine if  they did have a fever and should miss school the next day or if one or both of them were just finding a way to skip school. So, in I went for the third time with the two girls’ in tow.

In went the younger one to have her height and weight checked while I completed the other formalities of filling up the insurance papers etc.

Tinier, frailer after the fever, she definitely looked sick. Returning from the routine height-weight check, she came out and said,”Is that the same nurse who measured you mom?”. I looked at her questioningly, wondering what was coming next.

She continued, ” Well, I asked him if I need to remove my shoes and he said it was alright and that he would just deduct 1 kg and a cm”. . With 3 visits from us, the clinic had learnt a lesson too, I guess :).

Then, in we went to the doctor, only to be told that the older one, who is taller and stronger and had woken up in the morning saying she wanted to take a day off that day was running a very high fever. The doctor said the girls’ were not supposed to go to school for the next two days.doc7

Lesson#4- Don’t self-medicate even if you think it’s just a cold.

The doctor prescribed a different set of medicines for both the girls’ based on their weights though they had the same symptoms and they’re both teens.

 With the knowledge I possess which proved to be rather limited, when I saw the cold coming in, I had given the kids the same cough syrup prescribed to me. The instructions on the box clearly said “For ages six and below -2.5 ml, for six to twelve- 5 ml and above that 12.5 ml”. So, I gave them the medicine accordingly.

Back to the present

Thankfully, we’re all better now and will be off to school and office tomorrow. But I simply had to share all that I had learnt during the last week. Even after years of experience as a parent, at times you do goof up. At times, you think you know it all, so you goof up. Whatever be the reason, sometimes, the most mundane occurrences leave behind valuable lessons. And this last week for me was quite the eye-opener in all ways.

Did you learn any new lessons last week that you’d like to share? Do share it in the comment section below.

Wishing all on the other side of the globe and wonderful Sunday and all my side of the world a wonderful week ahead. 🙂

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  1. Oh I had gone through this flu for 2 months, and yp self medicated till I turned for the worse, then took a second opinion.
    BTW your shoes are 1kg? Why do you wear such heavy shoes?? 😂😂

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  2. Oh dear, Smitha, it sounds like you have all had a tough time with illness. My younger son, Michael, has two chronic conditions, brittle asthma and sinusitis so we spend a lot of time at doctors and hospitals. Hope you are all better now. Hugs.

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    • Yes Robbie. 2018 began with a bang taking us all to the doctor. We are better now by the grace of God. Thank you so much for asking. I totally understand how stressful it must be for you’ll and Michael. I hope he is doing much better now. I think he is a great kid with all his creativity. God bless Michael with loads of good health. Hugs and strength to you too😘

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  3. Glad you have gotten rid of both the flu and hospital visits. Okay, I know the hospital visits here are less tedious to ones back home, still a visit to the doc is the same either ways. I agree about the self medication bit and the bit about taking our children’s complaints seriously. My Little one and me have been battling a cold for more than a week now. With the wonderful weather outside, it seems criminal to be spending weekends in the bed tending to her while reminding myself to tend to mine too. Looking forward to a more active weekend. Until then, hope you enjoy the few days that are left of our precious winter days too, Smitha.:)

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    • Hi Pranitha😊. Oh yes, hospital visits are tedious and the most unwanted ones. Oh dear! It got hold of you too. How are you and the little Princess now? I understand. It leaves you so exhausted, especially when you have to push yourself despite the flu to take care of the younger one. Get well soon my dear and yes enjoy the last of our winter days😊. I’m loving the winter sun😊. You tc. Hugs to you and your Princess😘

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      • The weather is against me now. I am loving it but I have been dragging myself all over the place trying to function as I should be. The cold takes its time and I can see my Little Princess is better (Thank God!) I am having a busy weekend ahead with guests and lots of plans so hope that will help me get back in spirits. 🙂 Thank you my dear, lots of hugs to you too. Enjoy!

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  4. It’s a relief to know that you and your family are better now. It’s the winter wave I tell you😋 On a serious note, take care please. Also, that’s very thoughtful and creative if you could find a story worth sharing in the given circumstances. This post is a blend of lessons, humour and information. Lol you’d definitely know now if any of your subs are trying for a fake sick leave😋😂 Take care my friend and have a great week.

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