guess what you get for your 2 month birthday? vaccinations! luckily mom read an article in the june issue of parents about "taking the sting out of shots" and got you some EMLA cream that should help ease the pain. she's also going to dip your pacifier in sugar water (that she's making herself since bentonville pediatrics does not have sugar water, boo). it was actually quite an ordeal getting the EMLA cream, but i think it will be worth it.
actually, the whole doctor experience has been quite an ordeal. a little background...
1 week old appointment: bentonville pediatrics. overcrowded--james had to sit in a little kids' chair across the room. transparent walls--we could hear kids screaming in other rooms. the baby sitting next to us had an (obvious) tumor in her brain and said the doctor's just realized what it was. the mom almost cried when she was telling me about it. i told myself i could put up with the waiting room madness if the pediatrician was good. and he was.
as i was making parker's next appointment, the receptionist told me parker's pediatrician was moving to africa indefinitely. beautiful.
next day: drive around rogers interviewing pediatricians and family doctors. decide i like the atmosphere and idea of a family practice, especially if parker does not have any major problems.
1 month well baby checkup: take parker to the new family practice doctor. he is nice, has kids, etc. he asks how everything is going and i say great, blah blah. he questions if parker is sleeping through the night and of course i say no because parker is 4 weeks old! doctor recommends i read babywise. what?? i did not ask for a recommendation on baby literature/parenting philosophies. and it's not even the fact that he gave me a recommendation because i appreciate advice, but the book is pretty controversial (more in a later entry) and i don't want a super opinionated doctor. again, i tell myself i can put up with it because i don't want to doctor hop, but seriously.
and then he tells me he does not have all of the recommended vaccinations in his office, namely the hib vacine. apparently he's had it on order for 2 years, but the drug companies do not make enough for family practices. he affirms that no one in nwa can get the hib vaccine except the health dept. i specifically ask if the ped. clinics can get it and he says no.
that afternoon: i call bentonville ped. to see if they have the vaccine and of course they do. now family doctor has not only told me i need to read babywise but also lied to me. perhaps an honest mistake. btw, he also made a joke that his daughter was chubs because she got the "short and fat" gene from her dad. not that i need a doctor who is super fit, but you'd think doctors would try to take good care of themselves instead of simply blaming it on genes.
this monday: call bentonville ped. to get a prescription for EMLA cream. they are too short on staff to have a nurse or doctor talk to me and the secretary has never heard of the cream.
tuesday: get a call back. they "do not ever give prescriptions for EMLA cream." apparently they hear babies scream and cry all day so they are desensitized to pain.
tuesday afternoon: call family practice doc to get a prescription for it. "no problem!" thank you! too bad i'm still probably not coming back to you. but i appreciate it.
today: the test. will EMLA and sugar water help?
(btw, the generic brand of the cream is only $10 for 30 uses! i'll take it for 33 cents/application).