The Doctor Thought, “I Don’t Know What Your Son Has” Was An Acceptable Diagnosis

The state of healthcare in Canada

Kim Fedyk
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs

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Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash

“Why are we still waiting, Mommy?” my five-year-old asks me from the bed in the examination room.

“I guess they are just busy today,” I tell him, trying to hide my own frustration.

“But Mommy, we got the first appointment and we have been waiting for 30 minutes.”

He is not wrong. I understand his impatience. He has been in and out of doctor’s offices almost constantly for the past three months. Flu season in Canada, combined with kindergarten, means my son has been sick with something pretty much non stop.

He is over it.

I am over it too, but for a different reason than him.

I am fed up with the general crap shoot that healthcare in Canada has become.

I’m fed up with weeks-long wait times, hours spent in walk-in clinics, incomplete answers, constant indecision, and ineffective hallway medicine.

I’m sick of my son being sick and not being able to get him the relief he needs.

The pediatrician finally saunters in, its 40 minutes after our appointment time. The appointment time that I woke up at 6:30 in the morning to play…

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Kim Fedyk
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs

Published author, wife and mom. I blog about motherhood, life and my self-publishing journey