The One Where I Take the Wrong Kid to the Pediatrician

by Monica on September 7, 2009

ear thermometerYes, you read that correctly. Go ahead and laugh. Everyone else has. And yes, I remember that episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. You don’t have to remind me of the parallels.

Sweet and Split have each been to the pediatric after-hours center (Friday night and then Saturday morning) during this fabulous holiday weekend. Both were prescribed amoxicillin for strep (confirmed with Split, probable with Sweet). Last night, Snap started saying his throat hurt. I took his temp and sure enough…fever. It was too late to go to the doctor, though, so I did a bad thing (and have been adequately admonished). I gave him a dose of Split’s amoxicillin. My thought was that we’d call the following (this) morning and he’d end up with his own rx anyway…may as well get a jump on things. Our regular pediatrician always just calls something in for the third kid down in our family. It’s pretty obvious that it’s the same thing, so why make us jump through hoops? Yay, regular pediatrician. I love him.

The doc on call, however, insisted that we bring Snap in today. Ugh. I schlepped back over there with Snap, knowing I’d have to face the music and admit I’d given him his brother’s meds.

OK. That’s your background. Still with me? ‘Cause it’s about to get good.

This place is a veritable HOT ZONE. Sick kids packed in like sardines. Coughing. Sneezing. Pigfluenza. Yippee. We sit there FOREVER until it’s finally our turn. Nurse does flu test and strep test. Both negative. Snap has no fever. The doctor comes in and this is how it all goes down.

Dr: Well, what brings you in today? What symptoms is this handsome dude having?

Me: He’s a triplet…blah, blah, blah…he had a fever and said he had a sore throat and I…

Snap (interrupting): No I didn’t.

Me: No you didn’t what?

Snap: I didn’t say I had a sore throat. My throat’s fine, Mommy.

Dr: Well let’s just run a CBC to see if there are any flags for viral or bacterial infection.

(nurse comes in and pricks finger and leaves again)

Dr returns: This boy is not sick.

Me (sheepishly): Well, you should know that I gave him some of his brother’s antibiotic because I was just certain he’d be getting his own rx today anyway.

Dr (sternly): That’s not a good idea, Mom. Blah, blah, blah. (lecture continues, but I’ll spare you)

Me: Well, could that have made him appear well today?

Dr: It may have interfered with the rapid strep test, but it wouldn’t have made his blood work completely normal. This child is not sick.

Snap: See, Mommy? I’m fine.

Dr: You said your boys are identical, right? Are you sure you brought the right one in? I mean…you did say you’ve had sick and cranky kids home with you off and on for a couple of weeks. I don’t imagine you’ve gotten much rest yourself. (God bless him for trying to make me feel better after he’s revealed my idiocy.)

Me: Surely I know my own children. It was this child who told me he had a sore throat. It was this child who had the fever.

Snap: But Mommy. I didn’t say that. I’m not sick!

Snap then turns to the doctor: Can I still have a lollipop?

(So, just to clarify: I apparently had the sore throat discussion with Split last night. You know…the one who already had been to the pediatrician yesterday…the one we knew was sick. I thought I was talking to Snap. In my defense, they do look just alike. And I am really tired.)

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Bridget September 7, 2009 at 8:14 pm

lol, Mon. A lot of kids have done that: “I’m not sick…” when even moments ago they were laying in your lap acting like they were dying. So I’m with ya on that.

sorry y’all have had it so rough lately. Everyone’s been on antibiotics and fever free for 24 hours now? They can go back to school tomorrow and you can get some rest???

Malia September 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Oh, Mon! I hope everyone is back to feeling well VERY soon! And I was laughing WITH you, not AT you right? :)

Monica September 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm

yes, they’ll be there tomorrow. and the sick kids had better not sneeze on them! i’ve got a beautification appointment thursday and do NOT want to be on infirmary duty again then.

melissa @ the inspired room September 7, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Bwahaaa! That is hilarious!! Glad I am not the only one who has those insane mom moments.

carole September 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you… you have made my day. Of course I have no excuse for doing something like that since mine are all 27.5 months apart, but I could definitely see it happening to me.

And thanks for sharing… you are a blessing to my weary soul!

feefifoto September 8, 2009 at 5:29 am




How does this compare to the time I had security drive me around the airport parking lot for an hour looking for a car I’d parked in the OTHER lot?

Karen Hartzell, Graco September 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Very funny! Cute that you can relate to Raymond too. When I relate to Raymond it’s all the screwy stuff he does that reminds me of DH. lol

Hope they all feel better soon and you get some sleep!

Lindsay Lebresco October 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Oh man- that’s crazy! I have identical twin nieces- I’ll have to warn my SIL. (this is the first time I’ve been to your blog. I love the Split, Snap & Sweet pea blog nicknames- so cute!!)

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