An extra blue scrub top is tucked away in the lower right cabinet of the nurse’s station. Every so often, after being sprayed with bodily fluid, I have to make a midday swap of my work clothes. However, it’s a small price to pay to be a part of children’s lives; one day the baby who spits up on your shoulder will be the same kid who runs down the hall screaming your name and clings to your leg with the dexterity of a koala. What makes pediatrics so rewarding is the long-term relationships that you build with children and their families who every day make you feel like a small hero.
Practicing general pediatrics often feels like searching for a needle in a haystack. Hidden in a sea of upper respiratory infections, reflux, eczema, and diaper rashes is a cystic fibrosis diagnosis, for example, that the astute clinician must not overlook. There are enough challenging cases to keep you on your toes to make everyday clinic interesting, but they don’t overwhelm you. As a result, you’ll have plenty of time each day to build new relationships and foster old ones. These relationships create the backbone of a successful pediatrician’s practice.
By knowing the histories of an individual family — for instance, remembering the grandfather who has Crohn disease or the younger sibling who has a milk protein allergy — a pediatrician has unique insight into each medical conundrum that presents itself, no matter how big or small. The trust and relationships that you develop allow you to take a personal and tailored approach to an ill-appearing child. That can save countless hours in an emergency department or avoid an unnecessary x-ray or blood test. Knowing that a mom is meticulous and reliable gives you an extra day of watchful waiting for a fever that an emergency department doctor might otherwise work up. This saves time, money, and anxiety.
A successful pediatrician should also be an excellent educator. The better job you do teaching your families — that fever is a symptom and not a disease, that every cough does not need medication, and that in most cases diarrhea will go away with time — the better doctor you will be. Using an evidence-based approach to simple problems will help prevent more complex ones; by avoiding the overuse of antibiotics for routine viral infections, you can curb the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the subsequent complications that they create.
Most pediatricians do not hold master of public health degrees, but we each play a vital role in preventive medicine to protect the individual and society as a whole. Immunizations are probably the single greatest advance of modern medicine. Diseases such as small pox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella have been extinguished to the point that most modern pediatricians have seen few if any cases of these maladies. The world has benefited from the immense power of immunizations, and pediatricians stand at the front line in protecting children and the public at large.
Pediatrics is not everyone’s cup of tea. You should have a high tolerance for shrieking, crying, and the errant stream of bodily fluid that will disrupt the occasional workday. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of caring for a child is working with the array of parental personalities. Both the pediatrician and the parent may have the best interest of the child at heart, but misinformation from old wives’ tales, the Internet, and Aunt Bertha can confound clear communication and good intentions. This is where the art of medicine shines its brightest: Strategic word choice and good listening can go a long way to assuaging anxiety and making sure that children receive the best care possible.
Sometimes in the routine day-to-day of things, it is easy to forget that every visit counts; that each teaching moment may save an unnecessary test; and that each shot prevents a possible death. However, when you feel the familiar clutch of a child on your leg, you remember why you chose this job, and you gladly take your blue scrub home to be washed so that you’re ready once again for whatever comes your way.
So my mother has been a Labor and Delivery Nurse for over twenty years. I have always been around pediatric study. Though my Dad was a Director at Wichita Eye Bank and now is the Director of Clinical Development and Research at International Eye Restoration were i currently work as a Tissue Distribution Coordinator, distributing and evaluating corneas for about a year now. I Fell in love with a Girl and well i have a incredible vision to become what i was ment to be…ive been surrounded by the thought of either becoming a pediatric surgeon/ophthalmologist for quite sometime though i did not know if i was more interesting in the business aspect of medicine or practice. My interest is forming into a obsession, and will evolve into a Passion. HER LOVE FOR ME HAS STEERED ME INTO THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
Pediatrics- I love children, could there be anymore honorable and fascinating life than to help kids? God granted me the incredible ability to think and not only to think but to be creative, to waste this would be an immortal sin. I love to think…its what im good at. Im not so able to retain information as easily as some folks, though i believe my creativity is unfathomable. I do not mean in the way that painters are, or graphic artist, or the way the people at Apple are…i mean in my ability to think, well its just that…i find it to be an ability, like lil waynes ability to think and create. I wanna be the lil wayne of pediatrics. I may not be the best in some eyes but my undeniable creativity is a force. The creative nature that it must take to save a life or better it is, well, is the area of creativity that i wish to be an element in as much as water is. And i want to set the level higher, all i want is to move it up. My work will/could be never noticed in my life time. But that does not mean that the seeds i plant will not blossom into possible forests.
JUGGERNAUT(xmen)- ive always been obsessed with this character. All those characters are metaphors for people that we all know or that there is in the world. Juggernaut is an unstoppable force. I am not that person though my mind is. I am not follow through with everything or accomplish what i always set out to do but its not because i couldn’t.
Ophthalmology-Well i started loosing my sight in Fourth Grade. My father kept eyes in our fridge since i can remember, and ive always been fascinated that my dad gives the gift of sight. I now work beside him and distibute donor tissue(corneas) that we have in surplus in the States to forgein countries with no donor network. For the last year i have personally worked with surgeons obtaining there corneal transplant needs. Some of these docs i have got to know on a personal basis and have not minded my rigorous evaulation of what there lives are like as a surgeon. I love what i do and i want to take my love and fascination to the next level.
So we this morning/lastnight we had two eleven year old donor tissue offered to us for international placement. Before i had a chance to take the fee off the tissue(so no one can accept them, and i can call peeps who might need them) the tissue was accepted by a surgeon in South Africa and i had feeling that this was not going to be going to a child(actually a 60 year old)…Donor tissue this low of age does not come around often(THANK GOD). Though i thought it was fucked up and that he accepted and everyone was telling me that we cant ask a doctor to not take a tissue that he accepted(and has surgey planned) cuz ya know he got to it first? And well i thought the opposite..that patient(60 year old) waitied for about two seconds before getting a tissue and will never probably have to wait for tissue but the child who needs it would have to wait for(god knows when). So despite what everyone said i called My CEO and asked her if im allowed to call that other surgeon and be Like” yo fuck you, your pateint doesnt need that tissue like a child might!” and she actually said i can totallly do that!!! Despite my efforts(contacting other peeps who might now of a patient that could benfit from them the doctor who was doing the tansplant for the child couldnt accept the tissue but NOW I KNOW I CAN DO THAT….and we placed more tissue today than all week….oh and i called that doctor who did accept and asked his permission to offer his tissue out and put off his surgery and HE SAID YESSSSS. So hes a boss….but i had to call him back and notify him that the tissue will actually be his….and i just actually got one Doc In Croatia to accept one of the eleven year old tissues and will be transplanted into a ten year old….balllller