Posts tagged health visitors
Posts tagged health visitors
She made me fill out this depression score thing. I scored 6: not depressed. I’m stressed if anything but not depressed.
She’s desperate to label me something and so suggested I look ill and is sending me off to the Doctor; she wants me to get a round of bloods done. She thinks I look pale. I think I always look pale. People are have been saying it for years, in fact they’ve been saying it since I started wearing foundation.
hmmm, anyway the little man is now a whopping 14lbs and 6oz’s. However, he is still on this growth line!
Every mother does it, as I discovered today while sitting with almost-11-week old baby Jack in my arm’s with his petted lip looking up at me. A mother beside me cradling her 5 month old daughter with a gaping wound in her head.
"What happened?" I asked. "I forgot to do up the straps on her pram and as I was bumping it down the stairs she fell out and hit her head" she replied with a red face.
Every mother has had a moment like this and as we sit there thinking we are the most stupid, awful, selfish, idiotic mother in the world; so is the woman next to us.
However, I would caution you to what you say down the telephone line or in front of your health professional. Once they think you aren’t coping they won’t leave you alone. Not very long ago I made a little mistake with Calpol and my toddler (that’s infant paracetamol) and gave a larger dose - nothing serious but I did have to ring NHS24 (that’s the emergency helpline for those outside the UK) to ask if it would harm her at all. The reply was no but they did forward the details to my General Practitioner and the Nurse (Health Visitor) who is in charge of looking after my daughters health. Now I can’t shake them off and they seem to think “I’m not coping”.
When I mentioned to the Health Visitor when she came here last I was getting a private tutor for my daughter to make sure she started school next year and I wanted her to take music lessons, I was accused of “doing too much” and “putting too much pressure” on myself and “expecting too much”…what on earth is the woman on about? I’m posting letter and making a few phone calls at the moment. Should I be bedridden? And anyway, the tutor will be coming here. I don’t have to travel. And the music lessons are at a hall in town. I go have coffee while trained professionals take her for an hour of my Sunday afternoon- brilliant! I’m not feeling pressure here, I’m not taking on too much…don’t feel like I’m doing anything at all actually.
Long story short:
I’d just like to point out that I like Nurses a lot, a whole lot. It’s nothing personal.
***Always use your bloody common sense. Try to learn first aid but if you child is in danger get in touch with medical services without delay to save your child’s life. Every moment counts so never wait.
(PS, I’m too tired to check this over before publishing as its 11pm but I do look forward to seeing how horrendous it is in the morning. Goodnight folks!)