Jamie Mason — guest blogger

Much of this site is about parent/doctor communication. Along those lines, I’m going to be putting up posts from thoughtful parents, people who experience from the other side of the examining table what we doctors do to their children. The first of these is by Jamie Mason — blogger, poet, and novelist. Her excellent website and blog is here, and she is one of the writers for AuthorScoop, a great site for anybody interested in what is going on in today’s writing world. Here is what Jamie has to say.

A Few Words on Common Ground

Head lice and stitches
And all night puke sessions
Vaccines complete
To make good first impressions
Check-ups that ward off the late night phone rings…
These are a few of my favorite things

If you have your health, you have everything. If you have healthy children, you have everything with an extra portion of peace of mind. But even then, there’s the gamut of inevitable illnesses, injuries, and routine office visits that are the pediatric spokes on the healthcare wheel.

And how I tremble just now, having to type the word ‘healthcare’. At best, it’s been rendered impolite party conversation. At worst, the topic is a hostile standoff of outrage and muscular opinion. In these wordy, distanced debates on policy and theory, the players – especially the white-coated ones and the insurance henchmen in their sidecar – end up on the far side of us versus them and, oh yeah, them too.

I’d like, though, to offer into evidence that in practice, there are bridges festooned with olive branches over the evil gorge. My favorite is the nurse-advisor call lines. Between my two children, no fewer than half a dozen (and maybe more) office visits have been prevented by the patient assurance and know-how of the registered nurse on the line with me.

There have been calls on Saturday nights, when we were stranded in between islands of office hours, and thorough histories taken to bolster the decision to take a Motrin and wait it out. The doctor’s office makes no money on this service. Neither does the insurance company. But good will is also coin, and perhaps one of the most valuable currencies we’re floating in this time of economic turmoil.

So stand your ground. Get the care you need for your children. But don’t forget to appreciate the spaces where all our objectives overlap.


2 responses to “Jamie Mason — guest blogger”

  1. Jamie:

    Interesting, as usual. You’re very correct about nurse advice lines, though. Most pediatric offices use them these days, and with good reason. In my own experience, the seasoned nurses who staff those lines can answer 95% of the questions parents have.

  2. Heh, great these are my fav’ things re-make and now I’ll have to call my Doc to get it out of my head. Jamie, excellent guest post! I’m big on preventive medicine for children and not one to wait it out. And, I’ve been blessed with a great group of pedis at my child’s office who hand out cell phones numbers etc..

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