Saturday

Dear Baffled Nurse in Indiana...Gloveball is a Right, Not An Offense.


Whatever you do, don't you dare try this at a walk-in clinic or you will be called ignorant by Nurse Baffled!  This is just inappropriate and such Tom Foolery will NOT be tolerated any more!



Dear Annie: I am a nurse at a walk-in clinic. When did it become OK for parents to help themselves to exam gloves and tongue depressors for the purpose of entertaining their children?
It is not unusual to walk into the exam room and find several gloves that have been blown up and are being batted around and children running around the room with tongue depressors in their hands. These medical supplies cost the facility money and are meant for medical use, not party favors. It also is not safe to hand a 3-year-old a tongue depressor. We have stickers that are more appropriate.
When my children were little, I would never dream of opening containers in the doctor's office. Is this appropriate behavior? Do people believe they are entitled to these supplies because of the cost of medical care? Or are they simply ignorant? -- Baffled Nurse in Indiana


Annie - can I answer this one please??? 

Dear Baffled Nurse in Indiana,

Who is ignorant here?  Tis not I, but you, my dear.  This was an incredibly ignorant and offensive letter.

I am one of the mothers to whom you judge and condemn, so I will speak for others in my shoes to respond to you Nurse Baffled.

If someone brings their babies in to a walk-in clinic, they are probably pretty sick.  They wait in the waiting room.  They get moved to an examining room.  They wait.  And they wait.  And then they wait some more.  Children get antsy, they get scared, they get bored.  Have you looked at the examining room of your walk-in clinic?  Most likely, there are no toys, no books, and there is nothing to look at it other than a "why you should quit smoking today" placard.  And that doesn't buy a nervous toddler much time.

Blowing up a hand glove into a balloon is a safe and easy way to make them giggle while they wait, not to mention the fact that it detracts from the fear they have of being sick or seeing a doctor. A glove balloon does not break anything, it doesn't hurt anyone, it doesn't make a mess, and it makes them happy.  I have bought boxes of latex gloves before and know they are very inexpensive, so I am going to go ahead and assume that if every child that walks in that clinic takes one glove, it is not enough to sink a clinic for poor money management.  If anything, it is a brilliant, money saving investment that helps the clinic get through the day successfully without screaming toddlers disturbing other patients.  Who wouldn't spend pennies a day to ensure that?

Due to the increasing rise in health insurance, we pay almost $100 a visit, per child.  So yes, to answer your question, I most certainly do think I am entitled to a stupid latex glove during my visit!   Oh, and your bright idea of a sticker that you give the kids AFTER the appointment doesn't help us at all during the 30 minute wait to see the doctor.    
 When my youngest was 18 months old, he had to have a serious procedure that was terrifying for all of us.  One simple blown up latex balloon brought him more joy in the prep room than one could possibly imagine.  Lucky for us, our nurse was only too happy to oblige, unlike you, who would've been pissed if we chose to ease our child's pain with one of your precious gloves.  Of all of the countless, crazy, disturbing things that you must see as a nurse, this is what you choose to focus on?

Regarding Popsicle sticks, our Doctor made it his routine to come in, say hello and give the children a Popsicle stick to hold on to while he examined them...  It was something they came to expect when he walked in.  I would've never let them reach into a container to get one, but knowing how much they enjoyed getting one, I encouraged them to take it when the Doctor gave it.  I realize that some idiot parents let their child 'run around' as you stated, the whole perimeter of the tiny box of an examining room, thus risking injury, and you are lumping all of us into that because you are trying to prove a point, but that doesn't mean the majority of us can't handle our toddler having it in their mouth for a few minutes. If you are so worked up about the Popsicle sticks, then suggest to your clinic that they lock them up in the cabinet so the kids can't touch them.  Wow.  That was an easy solution..but you chose, instead, to prove your point by writing to an advice columnist and chastize thousands of parents who have committed this terrible crime.  

No running allowed in this huge examining room!

In conclusion, I will give you my suggestion . Why don't you get out of Nursing and find something that doesn't involve people...perhaps since you are so worried about the bottom line of  walk-in clinics, etc, you should be an accountant!  Now there's something you clearly have the personality for.  That was my two cents, and here's another two cents to pay for the cost of the 4 gloves I have taken in my lifetime. 

Consider me paid in full.
Don't spend it all in one place.    Signed,  Guilty  in New Hampshire

12 comments:

  1. Couldn't have said it better myself. As a mother of a 5yr old who could quite possibly dismantle an exam table single-handedly in eternity it takes to be seen in a clinic...those nurses should be thankful they only have to pick up a few incidental supplies.

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    1. Exactly! Imagine me having three boys in a tiny waiting room...all they want is a glove to bat around..it buys us 30 minutes. Why is that so offensive???

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  2. When I bring my 4, 3, and 1 year old to the doctor I am guilty of letting them play with anything in order to keep them occupied and (somewhat) quiet. I do make sure to pick up before we leave if the room is really trashed!

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    1. 3 kids under 4 years old at the doctor's office is more difficult than most people know..!

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    2. My three were the same ages (4,3,1) when we switched pediatricians. I expect to get "you're a horrible mother" looks when taking them all to the store...but not when taking them to the PEDIATRICIAN. I swear the nurses were laying bets on how much Red Bull I gave them before coming in....lol.

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    3. You are right on. Those nurses have to know how hard it is to deal with more than one child at a dr's appt! ;)

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  3. Nice one! I agree completely. When I'm paying a small fortune for someone to tell me what I already know (Yes, he has an ear infection - just give me a prescription) and I've waited an hour to see a medical professional, I do think it's just fine to help myself to a 25 cents worth of medical equipment.

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    1. Jen - I so agree about the tell me what I already know part! I know when they have an ear infection yet I still have to drag them all out and do the dance-for-antibiotics-routine! Very aggravating! :) Glad you too enjoy your Party Favors!

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  4. Maybe next time I go to the clinic I will ignore the box that has the gloves and go straight for the basket of condoms. They make great balloons too. I would love to see the look on her face then.

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  5. Not to be a party pooper....but if chewed on, the glove could break and the precious child in the office with an ear infection is now dead from aspirating a piece of latex into his lung that we can't get out. I saw it happen as a medical student! As a pediatrician, I say help yourself to the popsicle sticks...(I draw faces on them and tell the kids to take them home and cut out clothes for them) but in our office we keep the gloves out of the exam rooms for a reason...to save your child's life. Forget arsenic in apple juice....glove balloons are more likely to be deadly!

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    1. I hear you, I do...but there are a lot of responsible parents that just use it as a balloon - if they even dared put it in their mouth it would be the last time they got to play. Leave it to the same group of idiot parents to ruin it for the rest of us. Thanks for your input. :)

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