So I notice a lot of opinions on here are about what the US should be doing, our government, so on and so forth. I'm setting out to write this while the experience is still fresh in my mind from last night.
My daughter started running a fever of 103, motrin didn't bring it down, and neither did a cold bath. She needed medical attention. Those of you with children out there know how terrifying it is to see them in distress and be able to do absolutely nothing about it.
When we got to the hospital there was an unmanned checkpoint with a ventilator, we walked through that to nurses with masks off until I said my daughter had a fever, then all the ppe came out. Masks, face shields, plastic over their scrubs, and gloves over their gloves.
They then rushed us back ahead of everyone else, wiping down everything we came near to get us in a room, there is a shortage of test kits. They couldn't test her for Covid unless we were admitted and quarantined first, which seems to be a paradox. So they ran a strep test, chest x-ray and flu test first.
Every doctor or nurse we saw had on full ppe, and took it off to throw away while leaving the room. After about 4 hours(little after midnight) we got the result of strep, antibiotic shot, and sent on our merry way.
I would like some input from anyone else in the medical field if this ppe approach is typical, and if the shortage of tests is a nationwide thing. I live in a fairly rural area, so I chalk it up to that, but on the same token a hospital in an area with higher population density would need many many more tests if they're going to institute a rigorous testing routine.
Anywho, this is my first take, of what I observed of the hospital ER last night. Last month they were barely using the masks when my other daughter had the croup. On a side note one of the nurses told me they were sharing the face shields as they didn't have enough of them.
Thank you for reading. Any input is welcome.
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So glad she is okay and better after taking antibiotics. She will be okay.. keep her hydrated. And always healthy enough to stay away from hospitals. As a mom with two kids entering teen years, they have been blissed with good health...
I live in a very high density populated city... the epic center!
Few things I learned. My older sister felt ill last week, decided to go to city med or urgent care (they are all over the city)... not crowed/crazy/scary like the hospital, she was treated - was allergy.
In terms of hospitals, its awful here...
My nurse friend have been reassigned and not allowed to be tested... if they get sick, they stay home for two weeks, once they feel better they must get back to work. Its not an option. They have to sanitize all their gears, and reuse everything. Due to all the shortage with equitments as well as health professionals.
I know the feelings of helplessness and how your stomach sank with seeing your babies weak, sick, not eating... if there are every any questions, feel free...
I am also a school teacher, teaching first graders remotely... anytime, anything, I can be a help... I am here.
Thank you, and I may message you to take you up on the remote teaching, my oldest is going to be going into kindergarten next year.
Ask me to teach physics, algebra, calculus, chemistry, history, I'm on top of it. Making a curriculum for a soon to be 5 year old though, shit, I'm in the dark there. I've been helping my friends in Utah teach their kids geometry, algebra, and some simple calc for breaking down more complicated shapes, phonics though... beyond me lol
5 and 7 yr. olds?
need to know the program the 7 year old is using...
since both maybe in same school, use same program... then can go from there...
at lease, to keep them engaged... must set up a routine... up by 8am... etc.. have a schedule...
also have structure phyical activitties for both (of course you have to coach them)... as easy as taking a pair of rolled up socks, a bucket 10 feet away.. have them take turn throwing and tally scores...(teach tallys, count by 5s... etc...)
one major issue... these assignments requries a lot of ipad/computer time.. thats why i emphaiazes on physical activities...
Oh no, I have a newborn, 1 year old, and in 2 weeks a 5 year old, 4 right now. For my friend in Utah helping out a 14 year old, 12 year old, and 10 year old, they're focusing a lot more on farm work for the younger ones.