Dear Idiot Pediatrician,
I am so glad you are not my children's doctor. Your staff is rude. I don't know if you all hate your jobs or dislike people, or are just flat-out judgmental bastards, but not making eye contact with the teen mom who is CLEARLY making an effort to raise her baby and do well by her? Is crappy. Talking loudly and slowly makes it even harder to pay attention to you. Here's a little bit of information I think you missed: JUST BECAUSE A PERSON IS POOR DOESN'T MEAN THAT PERSON IS STUPID. OR DEAF. Chew on that for a minute.
Starting the appointment off by telling the mom (loudly and slowly) that THE BABY'S AIDS TEST CAME BACK CLEAR AND SHE SHOULD GO BACK IN 6 MONTHS TO GET HER OWN TEST RE-DONE, without even saying hello, or asking how they are doing or even pretending to be competent socially? Pretty much makes you look like a heartless pig.
Not answering the mother's VERY VALID QUESTIONS about medical procedures? Makes you look insensitive. We get it that money is the bottom line for your practice. We all know that you get an enormous kickback from the vaccine companies for having 100% of your patients 100% vaccinated. It's not a secret.
Also not a secret? That little thing called the Hippocratic Oath. Remember that? That silly pledge you make when you're all done being a student doctor and are deemed ready to move on into the world of grown-up doctors? It contains this phrase:
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
Warmth, sympathy and understanding. Try it.
P.S. You knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that I was not that baby's mother. Handing her back to me after you examined her, and addressing me as such, was one of the most insulting acts I have ever witnessed.