Public Health July 24, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in life.
Forgive me if I reveal my elitist, sheltered, upbringing for a second here. I’m a faculty brat: both my parents are professors; I’ve been extremely lucky and never had to worry about getting food onto the table or, even, heath insurance. I’m used to going to the doctor I want to visit as my health plan will almost always pay. I’ve not had to deal with any clinics with long lines, or even with county health organizations. Indeed, I’ve always thought that, even though some of my taxes (happily) go to support those health organizations, I would never need to use them because I had access to my personal health service.
Yeah. So I’m an idiot.
Seattle has this awesome program, sponsored by public health (and taxpayer dollars, like my own). They will send nurses out to visit you in home. In our particular case the reason was to make sure that Julia had started gaining weight. The 10% post-birth weight loss is a red line that doctors really don’t want your baby to cross. Instead of having us drive in for a doctor’s office visit (which is a major operation now), they had a RN come out and visit us. The actual operation of weighing Julia takes all of 5 minutes – instead of about 2 hours when we went in to visit the doctor. On the other hand, sitting and talking with us for about 30 minutes and answering the 1000 questions we had. That was priceless.
I’m really happy Seattle has this public health operation, and I’m really happy that it is something that we can take advantage of!