Thanking the medical staff
This is something that is really important to me. I am indebted to the people who help keep my kids alive! This includes Asthma Doc, his staff, and all the nurses and respiratory therapists that take care of the kids while they're in the hospital.
I make sure I send a Christmas card every year, and bring in a small gift to Asthma Doc and his staff. I let him know I appreciate the time he takes with us and showing genuine interest in the kids. Today is Son #2's Xolair shot, I already know Asthma Doc will ask what book he is reading and how his french horn playing is going. He knows all the kids personally (we have been seeing him for 11 years......)but he's a good people person too.
The other thing I like to do after the kids have been discharged from the hospital is to take Krispy Kreme donuts to the staff in Pediatrics.Yes, I know donuts are not healthy, but they deserve a good treat for keeping the kids breathing! I bring a thank you note, with a picture of the kids inside, and a couple dozen donuts. Since there is a day and night staff, plus unit secretary, child life specialist and respiratory therapist, I like to make sure there are enough donuts for everyone.
I feel strongly that it's important to thank people in your life that take care of you and treat you well. I'm sure it's a female thing. Hubby rolls his eyes and says, "You women! Do they send you a thank you note thanking you for the thank you note and donuts you sent them?!" Maybe.
It's important to be noticed and praised for your efforts. Often times we're quick to complain. Don't get me wrong, if I feel like one of the nurses isn't taking care of the kids, or the respiratory therapist leaves the room in the ER without putting oxygen on the kids, I'll say something. They're human too, my first job is to protect my kids. I know what they need when they get to the ER and Pediatrics. If they help me and take care of my kids, they will be profusely thanked. If not, no donuts for them!
So, think about who helps you with your asthma or your kid's asthma. Have you thanked them lately? It's just a thought, but we can make the world (or our little corner of it) a nicer place to be. And who doesn't want that?