Once, long ago when Lexy was a baby, my only child in fact, I took him to visit relatives. The day after we came back he took a late nap and woke up around 5 p.m. screaming and screaming and, well, SCREAMING. He’d been a little snotty, and since we’d just flown, I thought that maybe he had an ear infection. I know how much they hurt, because I STILL get them and they make me cry. So, off we went to the urgent care, doc-in-a-box clinic.
For a few hours, we waited and he SCREAMED and I couldn’t really help him in any way. He was two years old on top of everything else and if you know any two year olds you know what I mean. We were greeted by the doctor at 9 p.m., which was late for Lexy and we were all just exhausted and starving and ready to get out of there. Lexy didn’t want to cooperate with the exam, so I offered to hold him with his head to my chest and let the doctor look in his ear like that. Which is how every other doctor I knew of did it. Not this one. This one took him and put him on his back on the exam table, climbed up onto the table and pinned him down with his knees and lower body and had a nurse hold Lex’s hands over his head, and then looked in his ears. I could not believe it and I didn’t even react for a minute because I was so horrified. Then the doctor said that he was writing me an RX for penicillin, even though he strongly believed that the only thing wrong with my child was that he was really spoiled and uncooperative, and that his ears were red, but that it was probably from all the screaming and crying. He even gave me some parenting advice.
I am getting a pretty big adrenaline rush of PISSED OFFNESS just remembering this.
Anyhow, while he was turned away from us writing, I, with much vigor, flipped him off. I even made the little jabbing motion you do when you are really angry. He turned around and saw me. My husband (at the time) was just mortified by my behavior, but I have to say that if I ever saw that man again, I would use BOTH HANDS and I would add some choice words.
Thanks, Jess, for making me remember that.