What the hell is a virus anyways?!

9 May

If I were my child’s Pediatrician I would be wondering why I went to medical school. I would be thinking that I should have skipped the gazillion years of studying, tests and residency and gone to hand-holding school instead. Maybe when you become a Pediatrician they warn you that 75 percent of the kids you are going to see are just fine… the Mothers, not so much.

I am madly in love – no exaggeration – with all the doctors at the practice where my kids go. Not because they have diagnosed mysterious illnesses or comforted my child when I couldn’t. I have a crush on my Pediatrician and her colleagues because of the way they handle me. I just took J.H. in for his second sick exam in two weeks and once again there is nothing officially wrong with him. I can’t tell you how many times I have done this with each of my three children. I spoke to the Doctor on the phone last night and she assured me that his fever is part of a fever virus that is sweeping through the children of Beverly Hills. She told me to wait 48 hours and see how he feels then.

Instead of following directions, there I was this morning back on the “sick” side of the practice praying J.H. wouldn’t pick up any new illnesses while waiting there. Yet again, I was assured by the ever patient saint of a doctor that my son would be fine, he just had a virus. She patted me on the back and gave me a compassionate smile. She could have just as easily said, “Lady, I told you on the phone last night he has a virus, what part of V-I-R-U-S didn’t you understand?” I know I’m not the only one because I’m having the same discussion with my friends over and over again. Should we take the kid in? Wait it out? What the hell is a virus anyways?!

It’s the constant debate in my head and it goes a little something like this: child is not pulling ears or vomiting. That one time it was the ears and he/she never touched the ears at all. Although child didn’t eat like he/she usually does. He/she did have a fever for half a minute 48 hours ago, could be the ears. It’s not the ears they were just checked last week. I’m sure it’s a virus. I’ll wait another day and then take the child in. What if by then it’s life threatening and we end up in the E.R?  Maybe he/she is teething/molars/allergies/lice/exotic disease from cousin who went to Peru. We better go to the doctor just to make sure.

We got a bill from the Pediatrician’s office last year for the new $150 yearly convenience fee that the practice will be charging per child. I totally get it now. It’s not a convenience fee, it’s a hand-holding fee. It’s a “I went to medical school to assure Westside Moms that their coughing children aren’t dying” fee.

I’ll happily pay it, because they are nice to me. They reassure me and they never laugh at me when I call yet again with a teething child that “must be examined immediately!”


Cough, cough, panic


Do you ever have the “to take them in or wait it out” debate with yourself?

5 Responses to “What the hell is a virus anyways?!”

  1. J LO May 10, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    I have this debate weekly with myself and with you. Please note that the “value added hand holding fee” is $150.00 for ONE child and as a reminder, you have THREE kiddies, so your hand holding fee is probably along the lines of $350.00-$400.00…. I can hold your hand for that, I could use a new bag or shoes… haha! Love the post and look forward to tomorrows… xo

    • 90210mom May 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

      Thanks for your loving and hilarious support mama!

  2. Sleeping Mom @ Sleeping Should Be Easy May 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I tend to call the pediatrician and based on her recommendation, I take him in or not. I’ve done both where I waited and the next day all was well, and other times where we had to take him in that day.

    • 90210mom May 14, 2012 at 4:28 am #

      Thanks for the comment Sleeping Mom :)

  3. that little kelman cousin May 14, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    they actually have classes just so doctors can effectively support their patients (and their mommy) and quell fears :)
    Not sure if it’ll make you feel any better or not (but you’ll have to bear with my a I dont have any little people running about…) I’ve already entered into my 4th year of veterinary medicine, I’ve sat through all the classes that I’m going to, and there are no more lectures left… I STILL rush into vets office with my pets, even though, rationally I can usually explain what exactly what is going on – but what if?! what if it’s much worse than I thought? what if I dont know enough and I miss something? what if it really is serious and I shouldn’t wait? *sigh* I know how you feel my dear *hugs*

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