Dr. Arrogant Got His Smack: Mom Talk
We can weed out jerk doctors one mom at a time.
Sometimes doctors who are condescending just need a smack. When Grace was born, I met a pediatrician who deserved one. Come to find out, the hospital gave it to him.
Dr. Arrogant came into our lives when he didn't come into our room. That is to say that he was supposed to see Grace within 24 hours of birth. She was jaundiced, and I was naturally worried. When he finally did show up a day late, he said he was too busy.
Then to prove he was indeed arrogant and not just having a bad day, when I asked him medical questions, he told me that was not for me to worry about.
Rude words, several containing the letter F, remained unsaid.
Instead, I complained to my obstetrician, who filed a complaint with the hospital. Also, I coincidentally met Madame Administrator and seized the moment.
Six months later during a routine checkup, my O.B. said that the hospital took the situation seriously. It rolled out a long memo, and a ... wait for it ... policy change: two times and you're out.
So the next time Dr. Arrogant decides he's too busy to see his patients when he is on call, he loses hospital privileges.
Moms, this is a victory for us all. Hopefully, we will always meet the overwhelming majority of doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who pour their hearts and souls into each patient.
In the rare event we meet another Dr. Arrogant, we should take action. Write the letter. Make the call. Our children deserve more, and so do we.
Sometimes a little smack is all it takes.