Today I started the morning in panic mode. My young Mighty Mouse had a cardiology appointment at the hospital. Now my son has lots of appointments for lots of different things. I am a grateful for his good health at the moment, and grateful for his amazing quality of life. Still he has some health issues that need to be managed and monitored.
So that means lots of different doctors appointments and clinics. Some our outpatients clinics that don’t need referrals.Some are specialist that we have ongoing referrals for. Then there is this one clinic that sort of outpatients/specialist that needs a new referral every twelve months.
This morning I realised it was that clinic and no I didn’t have a referral. So panic stations, to my relief my one of the doctors at my son’s family medical clinic has organised a referral for him. It is not easy co-ordinating my son’s medical management. The system doesn’t make it easy, after all I am just a Mum not a case manager or events co-ordinator which would probably suit this role better than just mummy skills.
So here are my Mummy tips for the long wait in the waiting room: Take something interesting to do!
- iPads, DS NIntendo, Game boy ( Kids will happily spend two hours playing computer games)
- Books and Magazines ( The long wait is the perfect time to catch up on some reading)
- Podcasts ( You could probably listen to one or two podcasts during your wait time)
- Music put the head phones in and listen to your favourite music.
I love technology it has made the long wait in the waiting room so much more enjoyable. I remember a time when you had to take books, and toys along and kids would get so bored they were driven to naughtiness. Whilst those hours of naughty screaming kids resulted in me having a throbbing headache that required Panadol. I often think they should just have referral, X-rays, medicare card, and most importantly bring some form of entertainment to occupy yourself and child during the long wait clearly documented on the appointment letter. That way we would all be prepared, and the long wait could simply be a time to relax and be entertained.
Resources on the web:
This was the only site I could find with any practical and fun ideas.
Wishing you all a wonderful day