Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Why I’m Glad The Too Busy/Too Stressed Out Nurse Yelled At Me

stethoscope.jpg   If she’d been in a better mood, I wouldn’t have felt compelled to seek medical services eleswhere, and the extra sound in my fourteen year old son’s chest would’ve been lost to the noise of the chaos in the assembly line like office.   The new doctor (the one in the peaceful office with the friendly, attentive nurse), in turn, referred us to a pediatric cardiologist, another friendly, attentive sort who went about the task of diagnosing and treating the issue at hand.  I’m happy to report, that after three long weeks of trekking to Dallas to meet with specialists, and undergoing tests that this heart patient is all too familiar with, all is well, and my son has been cleared to resume his normal activity level:  FULL-THROTTLE.   Thanks be to God, Good Medicine (1 baby aspirin per day), and Good Doctors (Dr. Chadbury and Dr. Kort).

Maybe after I have more time to process this experience, I will write more about the importance of patient advocacy.  And I will most certainly write more about my belief that it is imperative to bypass cattle-call sports physicals offered by some doctors and some schools and take your child to a doctor who will give him or her an individualized, full and complete physical.  But today, I’m too busy breathing again after holding my breath for so long.  In the meantime, click here to read more about the Sports physical.  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder


July 5, 2007 - Posted by | Best Lines, Family, Heart, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Parenting

1 Comment »

  1. So glad all is well with your son. He’s lucky he has a good mama looking out for him.

    Comment by spicetalk | July 5, 2007 | Reply

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