Last week we had our appointment with the anesthesiologist for our son's upcoming appointment. I wanted to share some observations on how a hospital can put a CU mom at ease, and convince her that her child is in the hands of knowledgeable Dr.'s that are familiar with the condition, and completely capable of keeping her child safe. Hope you enjoy it!
appointment was to go over allergies to medications.
2. NEVER say "I haven't heard of that before, are you sure that it's cold
that does this to him?"
3. NEVER use your fingers to make the quotation marks when you say
4. NEVER use fingers for quotations when you say "You're saying he has had
'anaphylactic' events from Cold."
5. NEVER look as though your frightened, confused, or just plain freaked
6. NEVER tell the parents "I don't know if I will be doing the surgery or
one of my partners, but talk to us all before we take him back and remind us. I
can't guarantee I will remember this or if my partners will read these
7. NEVER tell parents that if you don't remember, and your partners haven't
read the notes causing you to be unprepared that it's "not a problem, just
cancel the surgery before we take him back."
8. NEVER EVER EVER!!!! tell the parents you have no idea to handle this!
(Although kudos for giving your personal cell phone number for the allergist to
9. If you do any of these, DO give the mom a strong sedative OR anxiety
medication to start a week before, and another dose upon walking into the
hospital...both medications would be preferred.
So yes, this anesthesiologist did not really help my anxiety over this whole thing, but thankfully our amazing allergist is on the case. Besides rushing some very detailed notes from our appointment with him to the anesthesiologists, getting me a copy so I can have them, he also gave me his cell number incase we need him. I am so ready for this to be done and over with! Anyone want to share the stupidest thing a medical professional has done or said???