That poor kid on the right!
What kind of traction is that?
Elevate the knee but drop the distal extremity?
And then let her watch while the other kid gets to color and she doesn’t?
Pull the freakin’ curtain!
Blue Cross may say they pay 14 million dollars to their members, but what they don’t tell you is that amounts to fifty cents per member.
And none of it to the doctor.
Dear Pediatric Patient,
Yes, honey, you with the 3/4 inch laceration to your chin.
I’m your ER nurse!
I’m sorry you fell off the monkey bars.
I know you are scared because you are hurt and afraid of stitches.
And I know that you are doing as well as can be expected and trying to cope with what has happened.
I am doing my best to try and distract you and gain your trust, so that we can make this as easy for you as possible.
But I am watching you, and although you are older, you are behaving as though you are two years old. Someone your age should be able to process a bit more and not scream demands at your mother and the ER staff.
But wait, now I see what the problem is.
Your parent is acting as though they are two years old. Sobbing and speaking to you in baby talk. Giving into your every demand.
Repetitively crying out, “Oh my GOD! Oh my GOD! My poor BABY!”
And calling all four of your grandparents to come at once.
Not to mention your father who comes barreling in the department and begins pacing in your room. How could your mother allow this to happen? It never would have happened if you had been in his custody.
Mom is flailing about the room screaming how she just can’t take this and won’t we please help her BABY and what is taking so long and she can’t STAND the sight of blood and oh, she is going to faint!
Geeze, you would think it was her chin that was lacerated.
I see why you are screaming at the top of your lungs.
You have to fight with your parents for attention.
But finally all four grandparents arrive and they fawn over you.
Well, two of them do.
The others are busy comforting mom who is hysterically leaning with her head in her hands over the sink.
But wait! Here comes Auntie!
Auntie gets to help hold you down with the other five staff members so you can have your chin laceration glued while Mom wails five feet away in the distance behind the curtain while every one else comforts her.
You get lots of attention then. And when you screamed for your band-aid immediately and wouldn’t stop until you got one, even though I was in the middle of getting your discharge instructions, it was hard for me to realize that you were an absolute spoiled brat.
It’s not your fault, though.
You see, this was all about your parents and not you.
Your parents modeled the behavior. You took your cues from them.
It’s hard to fight for attention when two adults seem to be taking it all.
Yes, grown-ups can be very scared and upset when something happens to their child. They may even cry.
This is normal and the nurses try to support them, too.
But you should have been the focus of their concern and no matter how upset they were, they owed it to you to be strong and help you get through it.
At least Auntie was able to do that for you.
But your hysterical, demanding behavior reveals a spoiled, pampered child of overcompensating parents.
This is your family dynamics.
I’m sorry to say your parents did you no favors that day.
You didn’t learn strength or courage.
You learned that screaming and acting out was the way to get everyone riveted to you and to get exactly what you want.
I hope you don’t grow up to be a demanding, screaming adult patient.
Those are called “wimps”.
When you are a big boy, you might want to join the Marine Corps. They have an excellent program in self-discipline.
Lord knows you won’t learn any from your parents.
Your ER Nurse