Tuesday, October 17, 2006

It's a Bad Idea

It's never wise to tell a pediatrician "Oh, really?" when she tells you your child has been hospitalized too many times for severe asthma attack (kid = 3, hospitalizations = 4). It's also not wise to tell that pediatrician, especially one who is PASSIONATE about asthma, that you continue to smoke 1.5 packs per day, but cannot afford your child's daily medication, which is partially how she ended up in the hospital in the first place. (Let's calculate this, shall we? If a pack of Newports cost around $4.00, then at $6.00 a day that's $42 a week, $168 a month. 30 containers (1 month supply) of Pulmicort nebulized corticosteroid, the drug this little girl really really needed, is $149 at an online pharmacy in cash.)

It's even worse to tell a pediatrician you couldn't even quit smoking while you were pregnant with this child.

Of course, maybe it's not such a bad idea, because most pediatricians (including this one) are too nice to up and KICK YOUR FUCKING ASS.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Rock on. If only we could