I Guess I’m One of “Those” Moms Now

I really don’t want to be one of those moms who calls the doctor about every little sniffle.

When I noticed this morning that David had a cold it didn’t seem like much. But he woke up from his nap coughing and breathing hard. He said it hurt when he tried to take a deep breath.  I held him for a few minutes, and he cried and cried, saying he couldn’t breathe.

When David was about a year and a half old he had a bad cold that turned into a case of croup that was so serious we had to take him to the ER. After that his pediatrician told us it might be something that would happen often to David when he had a cold, and that it could be an indication that he was developing asthma.

I also waited too long to take David to the doctor once. He suffered three or four days with a double ear infection before we finally went. I felt terrible about that. I know how miserable and painful those are.

So I called the doctor’s office this afternoon and described David’s symptoms to a nurse. She told me to bring him in right away. I packed him in the car and drove the 45 minutes to the doctor. Well, usually it takes 45 minutes. I think I got there in 35 minutes today.

We started seeing this pediatrician when we lived closer to Grand Rapids. And all the doctors in the practice are so great I don’t want to switch. The distance isn’t a problem when we’re just going for check-ups and shots. Today I thought we’d never get there.

Of course by the time we got there David’s breathing was normal. The doctor checked him out. He said David just had a bad cold and a lot of congestion. His lungs were fine. He said everything probably drained into his throat and lungs while he was sleeping, and the coughing was just all of it clearing out. He didn’t even have a fever. I’m sure he had a fever this morning.

The doctor was very kind about it. He didn’t tell me I over-reacted or anything. But I felt silly bringing him all that way for a head cold. And since I didn’t have time to apply make-up, fix my hair or change my stained shirt, I looked silly too.

Well, what’s a mom to do? It could have been really serious. Thank goodness it was nothing. I’d rather feel silly at four in the afternoon than find myself racing a really sick kid to the ER at 3 a.m.

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6 Responses to “I Guess I’m One of “Those” Moms Now”

  1. acupofjoy Says:

    Don’t feel silly! I can see myself doing the same thing. Better off safe than sorry!

  2. Deborah Says:

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  3. mindy Says:

    i completely understand and would have done the same thing! i’m the mom who called 9-1-1!
    i did my random facts meme, just so you know.

  4. Jack's Mommy Says:

    my first call to the pedi was at 6 pm one evening for projectile vomiting! he wasnt sick…it just scared me so bad. i think he was 2 weeks old at the time. iv always worried about being one of “those” moms..lol

  5. Debbie Says:

    Always trust your gut. As you said, better to seem like one of “those moms” every so often than to wait too long and have something bad happen. Besides, I bet 9 times out of 10, you are spot on, so no worries!

    At least you watch him closely enough to know when something is wrong – and care enough to do something about it. I unfortunately know many parents who don’t…

  6. Susan Kohanek Says:

    I’ve decided I need to just embrace being one of “those” moms.

    A. I don’t have a clue what I’m doing as a mother, much less as a doctor.

    B. I figure that’s what doctors get paid for anyway.

    C. Truly, Better safe than sorry.

    And D. I think you have to call A LOT more to qualify as one of “those” moms anyway. 🙂

    P.S. I’m glad he’s okay and that it was just a head cold.

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