I’m done 3 of my 4 overnight call shifts for inpatient pediatrics as of 7:30 this morning, and in my slightly deranged, sleep-deprived mind, I started to categorize the parents I’d seen in hospital so far. Don’t ask me why. Stuff happens to your brain on call.
And it’s true what the ever-omniscent “they” say – on pediatrics, you treat the kid and the family. Especially when they’re young, they just go together. And while the kids often need some reassurance about what you’re going to stick in their ear next, it’s the parents that really need the good talking-to.
So let me introduce the 5 parents you’re sure to meet: