At last it is now our son’s turn to finally be examined by the ER doctor for he was already increasingly restless and fussy. The examinations lasted for several minutes and he sees nothing unusual except for a congested throat and the very restless 22-month old boy. (I could only silently understand his behavior for I know that it has been a traumatic days for him.)
It just went all fine and would just be good if the doctor made the order for the blood culture, which is our main reason why we visited the hospital. What I didn’t like and hated it so much is when he examines my son again after he has seen the blood results earlier today. He should have done it right from the start for it should be part of the routine examination considering that we already told him the detailed history and that our son had watery stool for three days already.
What irritates me more (but I didn’t show it to him) is when he advised that my son to be admitted so they can observe him while waiting for the result of the blood culture that he (finally) just ordered. I know he has higher authority than me but I’ve been working long enough, as an emergency care provider, to know which one needs admission and which one who should just stay as an out patient. If you are on the same situation as we are, I suggest that you stay away from this doctor and go somewhere else.
He is not just at par with what he has done and if you are going to bring on the argument that he might have been working for more than 12 hours already and was probably exhausted with the long hours of duty then it is a very lame excuse. Just because you are already exhausted from the long hours of work doesn’t mean you can jeopardize the quality of care that you give to your patient.