Talk about screaming babies. At first hand, that's all it seemed to be: screaming babies, ear infections, worried mothers, and more ear infections. Throughout the day, however, as I began to become more immune to this wonderful sound, I realized one thing that will stick with me forever- no matter how common a sickness is, or how generic a type of medicine is, every treatment works differently for every child. It is this understanding that makes a Pediatrician successful, in my opinion. There are many child care doctors who treat their patients from a very generic standpoint, resorting to only prescribing expensive medications and a few follow-up appointments. Then there are those child doctors, who like the one I shadowed yesterday, refuse to "simply treat the symptoms, and instead, address the deeper issue... and solve it for good." When I heard this in almost every appointment I shadowed today (about 26 total) I realized the difference it makes for the patient and his or her family because they can finally find some source of assurance that their child will live in good health.
As important as other types of physicians are, after today, I felt an extremely strong urge to show the world the power that these Doctors have. A lot of people don't realize that a child is every family's opportunity to start over- do things differently, have a better life, and be happier. Literally a child when he or she is born has the potential to do anything; that is, if the family supports him or her to maintain not only good health, but also respectable values like integrity. Many of the doctors today made a specific effort to ask the patients about any external or internal negative influence, making each patient a unique case.
Overall, today's work day, although I was running around the office trying to keep up with the doctor, brought me to many realizations about health care in general. Hopefully, this week keeps getting better, with more exciting patients and opportunities for me to experience the life of a Pediatrician.