Dearest Dr. #$#@%$,
Maybe it's been a long time since your children were young. Maybe you've just seen SO many sick children that you have grown weary of it all and don't feel like you need to have compassion. Maybe you just need to work on that bedside manner. WHO KNOWS? But, when I bring in my son for a persistent cough that's gone on for over a month (with no other symptoms...) and just want to make sure he doesn't have asthma or allergies, please don't stop the medical analysis of my son as soon as the answer to your "is your child up to date on his vaccines?" question is "no.".
Twenty minutes is way too long to try to convince me of what a bad mother I am because he's behind. Let's not jump straight to "he may have whooping cough" just because he's behind on his vaccinations. Let's not freak out/weary the mother when she is already prone to freak outs and weariness. Oh, and by the way, I am aware of what whooping cough is and know that if I thought it was that I would not have waited a MONTH. I am not THAT BAD of a mother.
Thank you for telling me the CDC is concerned about me. And, I'm sorry for my snottiness when I said to you - 20 minutes after your talk began, when you STILL had not checked my son - "SO, what does all this have to do with why I'm here TODAY?".
A Weary Mother
Dear Nurse Whatever Your Name Is,
Thank you for the phone call concerning my son's chest x-ray. Thank you for waiting exactly until 5:00 PM (and making sure to tell me I couldn't call you back because the phones were going off when you hung up) to call with his results. Thank you for wording it this way: "Nothing to worry about TONIGHT, but make sure and call me at 9:00 in the morning" so that I was SURE to freak out ALL NIGHT LONG and not sleep at all. Especially when you just told me all was CLEAR. I'm sorry for being snotty to you when I told you never to say that to a mother ever again.
A mother who is now praying for forgiveness for all her snottiness.