I spent a week at the beach living on pizza, fries, ice cream, cookies, and more fries, and I lost three pounds. Man, I love breastfeeding. That has nothing to do with anything, just felt the need to throw it out there.
Also, since this is my pseudo baby book, Owen got his first "solid" food today. Really it was just breast milk with a few grains of rice cereal mixed in, but still. He ate it, but was less than thrilled when he figured out we weren't going to let him have any pizza.
Now, on to today's topic. I have some questions about pediatrician etiquette (as in how I should behave when dealing with the Hotty Pediatrician, not how pediatricians should behave, which is a whole other can of worms about which I have all sorts of opinions and we can do that one later, if you want), and I figured hey, who better to ask than the internet. Is it wrong that I now go to the internet with all of my personal dilemmas? It really is easier than thinking for myself. Anyway, my questions are thus:
- Now that I have two children, what are the guidelines regarding discussing the child that is not the subject of the current appointment? For example, I took Owen in yesterday and found he had hand, foot and mouth disease. Mia was also sick this week with some similar symptoms which made me think she had the same virus but did not get the full set of symptoms since she has had it before. Is it appropriate to mention that Mia was also sick, or am I supposed to make a separate appointment for her? (I didn't consider her sick enough to warrant a trip on her own.)
- On a similar topic, when I was there discussing the latest attack on Owen's immune system, would it have been appropriate to ask for a referral to a new gastroenterologist for Mia? I would ordinarily just call for that, but am I supposed to handle it separately?
- How much chatting do you do with a pediatrician? Now, keep in mind that I am not a very chatty person and not usually the type to natter away with strangers. But the Hotty Pediatrician has recently generated offspring and during our last few visits has mentioned said offspring in a casual way. Like yesterday when the only time Owen stopped screaming was to flirt with the Hotty Pediatrician I said "fine, you keep him" and the Hotty Pediatrician said "sure, he can play with my kid, they are almost the same size anyway." Am I supposed to pursue that sort of comment with further conversation about his kid? It feels a little strange not to, since we spend so much time discussing my kids, but I don't, you know, make small talk with my OB/GYN about her vagina just because we spend so much time focused on mine. Also, do you think the Hotty Pediatrician keeps mentioning his kid in an effort to prepare me for my future role as stepmother?
- I actually have one more question, but I am paranoid enough that I think it has too much potentially identifying information about the Hotty Pediatrician and that someone may read it and figure out who he is, which would blow. So if you want to help me out with my last question and are able to reasonably establish that you live in another part of the country entirely and therefore are highly unlikely to be able to identify the Hotty Pediatrician, let me know and I will email you. And I really need some volunteers for this one because it stresses me out every time I take the kids in.
Come on now, I know you are sitting home on Saturday night just like me, so help me out.