Thursday, December 20, 2007
Fever & Diarrhea Land
Want to know how to not be taken seriously by the doctor in the emergency department?
Bring your kid in for fever, vomiting, and diarrhea and then give him an 12" chocolate Santa to tide him over while I'm examining him.
I couldn't thank these people enough. Normally we give our viral illness kiddos anti-emetics and then hesitatingly give them some juice or a popsicle an hour later and see what happens. As long as they are not clinically dehydrated and can tolerate oral intake, they can go home and safely outlast their stomach/respiratory bug. But if Junior is in there chomping away with chocolate running down his face at a faster rate than the mucus running out his nose, I have just deemed him immediately dischargeable. This kid seriously got a quick glance-over from me and a head-nod from the attending. It took longer to get him registered than it did to interview and examine him.