Friday, March 26, 2010
Instacare Doctor: So, has your child had a fever?
Me: Yes. When my child woke up two hours ago, he/she was very hot so I gave him/her some Tylenol and he/she has cooled down since then, but still has a mild fever.
ID: What was your child's temperature when he/she woke up.
Me: I didn't measure it because I was more concerned about cooling my child off. I would say over 100.
ID: You can say that, but I'm not going to write that down. I'm just going to write down that your child was warm.
Me: The child was hot enough to concern me. Over 100.
ID: Look. There have been studies done testing mothers of multiple children to see how well they measure temperature. And the mothers failed miserably in estimating temperature. So, it doesn't matter how confident you are, you can say whatever you want, but I'm not going to believe you. I'm going to write down that he/she was warm.
What could I say? He was the doctor. I couldn't argue with the guy.
But if he would have looked at his chart, he would have noticed that my child had a current temperature of 99.5. Considering that and the fact that I had given him/her a fever reducer two hours ago, I think it is fair to say that the temperature was probably above 99.5. Like, I don't know, maybe even above 100.
But what do I know. I'm just the mom.