Thursday, June 17, 2010

Getting Shot In Poland

Okay, fine: Getting Shots In Poland.

We took Spencer to get poked in 3/4 of his appendages today (the head isn't considered an appendage, is it?). Poor little guy. It looked something like this, only this was a month ago when he was also getting poked in three of his four (five?) appendages.


His dear father decided to document it so that when he's older we can look back on the pleasant memories of his carefree childhood.

While we were there I thought, "Hey. I don't even know if they have a computer here." Peeking into the office we found that no, they don't. There is a phone though. That makes it nice as far as setting appointments goes. Just don't ask me how they keep track of who's coming in when.

Another thing they have is a shelf for files. This is a view into the office from the "healthy" waiting room (there's a separate one for sick, is it like that in the States? Weird that I don't know that)


You can see the painted metal furniture on the left, very clinical and just like the hospital beds. Floor, door, doorknob, stuff hanging on the wall, it's all very Polish Doctor's Office.

There are no cushioned chairs in the waiting room. No carpet, no soothing shades of paint on the walls or parenting magazines or neat toys for your kids to play with while they wait.

There is a doctor who smiles and talks to your baby and performs a perfect check up.(although she closes the door "so there won't be a draft"). There is an accurate scale for weighing the baby and experienced nurses to administer immunizations.

As long as they have those things, who cares that you sit on a wooden bench which has back support at a right angle to the seat while you read posters on the wall about which kind of tea your infant should be drinking? The things we need, we have.

And on a completely unrelated note, someone needs to hire Aaron for product naming. While the kids were roasting marshmallows over candles Aaron kept coming in and asking me if he could have one more marshpillow. I think he got it right. What's a mallow? They obviously hired the wrong person for naming those things.

17 comments:

Lara said...

I hate it when my babies have to get their shots. :(

And I am totally going to say marshpillows forevermore.

Karen E. said...

Posters explaining which kind of tea your baby should drink? Strange.

I had to look up the origin of the word marshmallow. Apparently the candy used to be made from the marsh-mallow plant, one of several kinds of mallow plants. The genus was malva in Latin, which somehow in English became mallow. English is weird like that.

On a side note, this actually helped me with a translation issue, because I read about a French schoolmaster who made marshmallow tea when he was sick, and I was very confused as to what that meant. But now I know that using the dried leaves from the mallow plant to make tea was actually very common.

Sorry for the long comment. I'm a teacher, I tend to drone on.

Jillybean said...

Marshpillow is cute! At our house we call them "shmellos"

Alison Wonderland said...

Some places have separate waiting rooms but not many. I think the concept is genius.

That Girl said...

Marsh pillow. Love it!

Kimberly said...

Marshpillow! That just makes SENSE, doesn't it? Clever boy!

And yes, it's about what you need, isn't it? Sometimes I think a dose or two of simplicity is good for the soul...

Kazzy said...

Are you turned away because you can't stand to watch??

I hated getting my babies "shot". Ugh

Loralee and the gang... said...

gotta go get me a marshpillow to eat now. Did you know that there are extra big ones here in the US now? There are almost big enough to really BE pillows!

AndyPandyJackaDandy said...

Love the marshpillow. Although I gotta be honest: I would proabably rather just have the pillow and leave the marsh.

Also, we just had Mac get his 6 mos shots and his newborn screening (yes, he is 10 months old.) Because that's just the "on it" kinda mom I am. And let me tell you, it was not fun. But we did get the choice of waiting rooms.

Barbaloot said...

So sad when kids get shots. I'm just glad it happens when they're too young to remember the trauma.

Melanie J said...

Okay. First of all, I'M BACK! Thanks for your thoughtful email the other day. I love knowing that people are thinking about me. All is well. All is outstanding, actually.

Anyway, secondly, I've never seen a separate sick and healthy waiting room set up, but I'd like to say: that's brilliant.

Melissa Bastow said...

Our pediatrician's office has a small waiting room where you can take a healthy baby to get away from the sickies. But you have to go through the sick part to get to it, and the check in/out desk is in the sick part. And let's face it - they're going into the same rooms as the sick kids. So yeah...

Do your kids like to play "Chubby Bunnies" with their marshpillows? (And don't even tell me that you don't know what "Chubby Bunnies" is, because I know you went to college in Utah, and therefore HAVE to know what it is. 'Tis a state requirement.)

Nance said...

I took my 6 year old in for his well child check-up today not remembering that he needed a shot, so no prepping him for a shot. The nurse told him he had to have a shot just before the doctor came in. So the whole time the doctor is listening to his heart and lungs he's quietly sobbing and sniffing. Poor kid.

Heather of the EO said...

Oh poor little guy!!!
Give him some tea. :)

And "marshpillow" Oh how that has me laughing. It just strikes me soooo funny. I have chipmunk sounding giggles over it.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Personally I think you look like you are suffering more than the baby. Just saying . . .and yes, some doctor's offices have a well room and a sick room. In my experience, it's about half and half (if they don't, some will bring the newborns into the office right away so they don't' have to sit out with the sick kids--but only until they are about a month old).

Annette Lyon said...

Hey, at least the files are in blue shelves.

I like cushioned chairs. And I hate dealing with my kids' shots!

Ola Zan said...

Lisa, I love how you describe our health care. I have nothing to compare it with. And you do. When you say :There's no this or that... it makes me feel that I have made a good choice voting for Komorowski. He promised to change the health care system first thing in his governing (togeter with Tusk). And I'm sure it's gonna be better and much nicer. Any apteka looks better than a doctors office. Just because it does not belong to the country. Thank you for your perceptive comments.