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I love pediatric emergency medicine. I think I have stated this fact previously. But, I do.
And not because I am a sadist who likes screaming children.
But because it is a satisfying job on many counts.
First of all, I have all of the cool toys (minus the kids who come in with iPads or their DS or whatever). A stethoscope is like gold to most kids under 8. You listen to them, they listen to Mom. The wee ones chew on it (on that note, the stethoscope is a bit of a sesspool… thank goodness for antibacterial wipes). The otoscope, although one of the more scream inducing exams for the really wee ones is also a fabulous distraction method. I love that I can play and do an exam. I don’t always love that I have to wrestle my cool and very expensive toys out of their hands at the end of the visit.
Kids don’t look at you like an idiot. You can do a neurologic exam on children without having them stare at you like you are an idiot when you start telling them to “walk on a tightrope” or “puff out your cheeks.”
I find putting on casts a very satisfying activity. Nothing better than a good quality cast.
On a related note, kids love to see their own x-rays, even if they are normal. I love being able to show them.
Picking small foreign bodies out of orifices is strangely rewarding. First of all, because in the end the kid feels better. But also because you just never know what you might find. Clear sparkly elastics, Barbie shoes, window stickers and rocks are just some of the findings I have had.
Many times, all a kid needs is a good dose of Ibuprofen and a popscicle to be back to themselves.
You get hugs and cuddles that aren’t creepy throughout the day.
Most of the visits are not at all emergencies.
Did I mention you get to play a lot?
The major downfall, is that you get sick. Because kids cough and sneeze and pee and puke all over the place. That is what makes life interesting, I suppose.
Nonetheless, if I didn’t love doing the whole oncology thing so much, I would consider this. Instead, I will simply be a parent. And possibly do a bit of pediatrics in my practice. At least then it isn’t a constant barrage of contagious illness.