Here’s something we haven’t discussed in a while: How do you handle your kids’ doctor appointments? Do you delegate them to a caregiver, such as a nanny, and have that person call you once he or she is in the doctor’s office? Do you “take turns” with this duty with your partner? Who schedules the appointments — or looks up symptoms — or calls the nurse with questions before or after appointments?
Recently, I had a frustrating week that seemed filled with kid-related appointments that I couldn’t get out of. Kid #1 needed to be somewhere when Kid #2 needed to be picked up, and my husband was traveling, so I was on deck for Monday. On Tuesday, the husband was still traveling and the ophthalmologist’s office actually required a parent to be there. On Wednesday, Kid #1 got sick… the time in transit or in waiting rooms seemed interminable.
These visits are all tinged with very mixed feelings for me — I love to be able to talk with the doctor face to face and ask whatever questions pop up, including those based on my child’s behavior or symptoms at the appointment itself. But that said, I hate being at a totally inefficient doctor’s office where we end up sitting for 45 minutes in a germ-filled waiting room — and if I try to do what I presume is “the working mom thing” and ask to be put on speakerphone once the doctor actually shows up, I inevitably feel like a princessy helicopter mom who doesn’t trust whichever caregiver took the child. However… I tend to be the one who knows the most about whatever underlying condition we’re worried about (history, symptoms, etc.) and can ask the questions that will save us future trips, so it often has to be me, or at least it feels that way to me.
What are your thoughts, ladies? How do you handle these appointments?
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