I'm not talking about kids that have underlying problems....so something that would be minor in most is actually a big concern. The regular old healthy kids are the ones I'm talking about.
Earlier tonight, for instance, I had to do a chest X-ray on a little boy. I say to the mom "what kind of problems brought you guys in here?" She replies that he's had a slight cough and a 100 fever. I'm thinking its been going on for a while since its....3 a.m. and you're bringing your kid in for this. Oh no. She says it started just a few hrs ago. Are you effing kidding me lady?
I've had to do abdomen X-rays on babies for normal, mild spit up or gas. Seriously?
Last week I had to do a ct scan on this 15 yo head because she did a front roll and bumped her head. Not like a crazy back springs or something outrageous. Just a simple little front roll. Not even a mark on her.
Last week I did abdomen X-rays on a 10 yr old. She was constipated. Her pcp had already told her that. Mom still demanded an abdomen ct after that. Came back....she's constipated. Seriously.....you just subjected your young daughter to a bunch of radiation...all dead center to her freakin ovaries....all because she's constipated. Yet, you couldn't accept that answer. We showed you all the shit (literal) on her regular X-ray. As did the pcp the day before!
Countless times we get the "they have been running a REALLY high fever all day". "Oh, how high has it gotten?" "101.5 was the highest just a little bit ago". O_o
That's my work rant for the week. I just hate having to xray kids... expose them to unneeded radiation...all because their parents are being spastic imbeciles.