We were talking the other day at work about the “judicious use of the health care dollar.”
Honestly, if you want to know who wastes money in our fine medical system, ask the nurses. We just roll our eyes as we see insurance money flying out the window. No one likes to hear it from us.
BUT, in addition to getting your own strep tests I now have another item I wish I’d had when my kids were smaller.
You know, the funny little contraption the doctor looks in your ears with.Well, I have a few littles who are prone to ear infections and I had a REALLY POOR otoscope that I got in nursing school. It somehow died when Princess P was complaining of ear pain last week, so I got this one.
And boy oh boy is it SO much better! The girl had an ear infection, it was obvious. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of antibiotics so I was able to watch it and see it was getting worse, not better so we decided to get on something (through our doctor – -btw, I have a new family practice guy that I am really liking… give me a few more months with him and I’ll put the word out, but so far so good).
There is something about being able to look at stuff yourself, giving you a little control that is helpful.
I’d recommend this guy. It has great lighting and comes with 3 ear probes (you don’t need the disposables, I just clean them with alcohol when I’m done).
Have you ever wished you had an otoscope?
**BTW, the information that comes with it is great. It teaches you how to look in their ears, and the more you do it the better it is. I let me kids look in mine, and I looked in theirs. It was interesting to all of us.