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Let's talk about my pediatrics rotation, O Best Beloved. Let's talk about the things that one does and that one does not do with children.

If you have three children in your household, and one of them is an infant only a few weeks old, you should cherish them and guard them and protect them from harm. You should absolutely not cultivate a relationship with a man who is not the father of any of the children if he fails one simple test:
Have you been convicted of violent crimes against a child?
You must, O Best Beloved, consider carefully any person who answers "yes" to that question with regard to the safety of your beloved new infant son. You must consider whether you want this person violating his parole to be involved in the lives of your children. You must consider whether you want this person living in your house with your three children, and you must consider with extreme care whether you want this person watching your children while you sleep.
I think there is a right and a wrong answer to this question.

We took the tube out of T's throat tonight, after a week on the ventilator. The intensivist note reads "Hypoxic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, status epilepticus, bilateral parietal skull fractures." He's breathing, but I don't know how much else he'll ever do.
He has a matched set, O Best Beloved. Someone as-yet-unspecified did something to this infant that broke the skull on both sides of his head, filled his brain with blood, and then let him suffocate while he seized. And his mother lied about not only the circumstances of the injury but the persons living in her household. It wasn't until the third or fourth draft of her history that she admitted to the presence of the convicted offender in her home...
We all have our suspicions about the guilty party, but I think there is more than one.

now feeling:: sad sad

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squigglz From: squigglz Date: May 30th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
That is terrible :( I do not understand why some women do that.
From: wildcelticrose Date: May 30th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
These women aren't mothers. They are bitches in heat who bred during their cycle.

They don't care about their children; they have a parade of scumbag men parading in and out supplying drugs, money and maybe a good bitch slapping or two.

The disgust/outrage/insert feeling of your choice here is understandable.

Back in my paramedic days, I used to have to go into these homes to pick these children up after they were shaken, beaten, kicked, hit, dripped and violently raped (I don't even want to think about what someone would have to do to a baby during a sexual assualt to cause a lacerated spleen) I'll NEVER forget that one, no matter how much I wish I could)

These women are not innocent victims (many have a litter of children each from a different sperm donor as evidenced by the medi-cal cards presented for each child who has a different last name), they are willing parties because all they care about is getting their drug fix or whatever it is that their scumbag gang banger loser ex con boyfriends provide.

It's a shame that we make people get licenses to drive a car, own pets, etc... but any dirtball can breed (yes, I know that attempts to control that, such as is done in China are not good)

Ooooh... so many years since I've done that job and I get furious and disgusted all over again.
jillofthejungle From: jillofthejungle Date: May 30th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
...That's so horrible.
cuneiforms From: cuneiforms Date: May 30th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 30th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Reading about this sort of thing makes me want to give each of my parents a big hug.
clipdude From: clipdude Date: May 30th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Sorry, that anonymous comment (about wanting to hug my parents) was me.
fyrfitrmedic From: fyrfitrmedic Date: May 30th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I felt the slow anger of years build up when I read this entry.

There is evil in this world, and much closer than many believe.
turnberryknkn From: turnberryknkn Date: May 30th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Intellectually I know that too many of the patients we have the privelege of serving are going to be broken by the hands of those who are supposed to be their guardians, by neglect or abuse or worse. I know this intellectually. But no matter how often they come, no matter how many kids like them I've become involved with, despite all the time I've spent so far on the Child Protection Service and the ED and everywhere else, the rage never is any less.

They don't make enough expletives for situations like these...

From: broken_onewon1 Date: May 30th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
He will pay for what he did either in this life or the next and the price will be steep.
lovefromgirl From: lovefromgirl Date: May 30th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Right now, I am swearing vehemently.

Who does that to something so defenseless as an infant? Mother above, even cats have claws...
deadrose From: deadrose Date: May 30th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
... and male cats frequently kill kittens they haven't sired, to clear the path for siring their own.

Some humans haven't made it far past instinctual behaviors, sadly.
sugar_spun From: sugar_spun Date: May 30th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I admire you for having the strength of will not to do something to make those responsible patients for someone's ER rotation.

I don't even understand how a person could do such damage to a child, and how a different person could lie to protect him. People are horrifying.
From: broken_onewon1 Date: June 6th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
From: ext_101213 Date: June 4th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (etched in stone)

Summer is coming...

That is tragic. Unfortunately it does happen all too often. Sometimes paediatrics can be so depressing.
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