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You seriously are telling me to take him to the ER?

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 8:51 AM
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I tried for 3 days to get my son into Urgent care, when they finally scheduled an appointment, they scheduled it for the wrong kid. So I asked the nurse that does the scheduling what she expected me to do, since I was fairly certain my son had a staph infection.. (I was right BTW). She told me to take him to the ER.. I did because my son needed to be seen, it was spreading quickly, and I didn't have another option.

The ER doctor gave him a prescription for anitbiotics, and said twice a day, and wrote twice a day.. I went to the pharmacy, got his prescription, and the pharmacist, handed the prescription to me OVER ANOTHER CUSTOMER, didn't ask if I had any questions, didn't have me sign the privacy act, NOTHING, and just turned back to the other customer. I was pissed, complained to the store manager as I was leaving.. and left. I decided to call the pharmacy later with my questions. We had already invested 8 hours into this prescription/visit.

I walked home, and we played outside.. I didn't take my son inside for 3 hours. It was 90 degree's outside. The prescription in the stroller the whole time. I take him and it inside and see it says refridgerate, so I called the pharmacy about what to do, and they put me on hold for 20 minutes, till I hung up and called the Nurses Hotline.. Who said the prescription would be fine as long as it hadn't been opened yet.. It hadn't so I stuck it in the fridge to chill while I bathed him, and fed him dinner.. then gave him the doseage the doctor said and wrote on his release papers. Did this for 2 days, until my son started vomitting last night, this morning he has dirahea, so I pull out the prescription bottle, which says to give it to him 3 times a day. So I call to schedule him an urgent care appointment, and the nurse who answered said "Oh well we can't do anything, you have to take him to the ER where he was seen"..

Are you serious? I need to take my son to the ER.. (I don't drive we are currently waiting on my sister ) over a miscommunication??

When we were there the other day, there was a little girl, my son's age who had inhaled hard candy and it was in her lungs.. My son's situation is not emergency room worthy. They tried to see my son first, and I told them no, to take the little girl first . He needs to be seen, but urgent care will suffice.

So then I hang up and call my boss and tell her what's going on, and I might be late, and she said if I can't find someone to do this "running around" for me, I'm fired. I'm a single mom, with no help from his father. I can't ask my babysitter to take my son to the ER.. WTF? This is not just typical running around. I am so pissed, I don't know what to do.. I work for an equal oppritunity employer this will be my 5th call off/ tardiness, and my third with release papers with time and date from the ER/Urgent care, my son has extensive medical problems with skin and respitory issues. I can't lose my job, I've never been on probation, my review totaled out to " Exceeds expectations" .. Can they fire me?


My sister is here, we are off to the ER.. hoping that it's just normal side effects, and has nothing to do with the dosage.

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gulfcoastmom4
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Yes they can. Doesn't your child have a regular dr?

LovingMyJaybird
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Yes, his pediatrician in the best in the state, and also works for a major hospital (tyhrough the cleveland clinic) there's a wait list a mile long, I seriously have to make his appointments 3-4 months in advance.. So when stuff like this comes up (that he doesn't have to see his specialists for) we go through urgent care, per his doctors insistance.. now urgent care is trying to tell us to go to the ER.. which is just crazy..

Quoting gulfcoastmom4:

Yes they can. Doesn't your child have a regular dr?


mommy2angels427
by Gold Member on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:00 AM

not if your ds has medical issues which qualify for FMLA leave... which may enable you to take a day or part of a day under FMLA leave when he is sick...

Rhyne
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM
Can your sister take him and you go to work? As long as you sign something saying you consent to a doctor looking at him.
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judybant
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:02 AM

 First of all... a piece of hard candy IN THE LUNGS is most DEFINITELY Emergency room worthy. That WILL Cause aspiration pneumonia. Even if they get the actual piece of candy out before it melts in the lungs, the part of the candy that WILL melt in the lungs WILL cause pneumonia. Children DIE from that.

SEcondly, I don't care if they talked to you for 6 hours in the pharmacy, it is YOUR JOB to stop, and read the directions for the medicine given to you or your child. I do not leave the store until I've looked at the information sheet given with every prescription, if I haven't had that medication before. If your son has so many illness issues, you should know by now that pretty much all liquid antibiotics require refrigeration.

And yes, it doesn't matter if you have medical evidence that you've been in the emergency room... your employer CAN fire you for not being there when scheduled, if they have a written policy about absences and tardiness.

I'm sorry your son is sick. I really am. I know how frustrating that is. But why do you take him to urgent care or the ER? Why didn't you call his primary care doctor? Urgent care and ER are not sufficient care for a child with chronic problems. And Urgent care is absolutely right when they won't see a child that was given his care at a different facility, they can't get any of the records transferred from the ER, only a primary care or pediatrician's office can get ER records transferred. As far as privacy act papers are concerned, if you've ever been to that pharmacy before, you don't have to sign the papers EVERY time you go... only the first time, in most states. They have loosened the laws somewhat, because people were complaining about the amount of paper being wasted on something like that.

Again, I'm sorry your child is sick. However, you need to take some responsibility for this situation, as well.

LovingMyJaybird
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Thank you.. I am pulling up our benefits information now. I know one girl is currently on family leave, to care for her parent..

Quoting mommy2angels427:

not if your ds has medical issues which qualify for FMLA leave... which may enable you to take a day or part of a day under FMLA leave when he is sick...


Kellileanne
by Platinum Member on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:04 AM

 I was also going to suggest checking FMLA and see if this applied.

Quoting mommy2angels427:

not if your ds has medical issues which qualify for FMLA leave... which may enable you to take a day or part of a day under FMLA leave when he is sick...

 

beaugrl0824
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM


Quoting mommy2angels427:

not if your ds has medical issues which qualify for FMLA leave... which may enable you to take a day or part of a day under FMLA leave when he is sick...

Most FMLA needs to be scheduled in advance with paperwork filled out. I don't care how good his pedi is if I couldn't get in for an emergency appointment I would be finding a new one.

allmyblessings
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:07 AM

This.

I'm not understanding why you can't take him back to his regular ped?! A waiting list for current patients doesn't make sense to me. Am I misunderstanding you? I can see a waiting list for a specialist, but to see a regular ped, just doesn't make sense to me.

Quoting mommy2angels427:

not if your ds has medical issues which qualify for FMLA leave... which may enable you to take a day or part of a day under FMLA leave when he is sick...


All4OneN1forAll
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:08 AM

oh my goodness, what a horrible experience! I think that yes they could fire you, we live in NH and here they can fire you for literally anything. I once gave two weeks notice at a salon I was working at because I was moving to another state and they fired me on the spot.. nice, huh? 

Your poor little boy, I hope you can get him to the urgent care, here we have urgent care that doesn't require an appt? You just go? We have tricare insurance and have to call the dr for a referall to the urgent care but it's never an appt we just go asap. 

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