HostMomX raised this concern in the comments on the post about Dr. Host Dad and his Vitamin B injections:
This situation brings up a related issue that HD and I have wondered about. We have had several APs tell us that they are very anti antibiotic, and won’t take them.
I understand that attitude – I know a lot of people who feel that way, and for good reason. And I agree with those reasons – we are way too antibiotic dependent here, and the ill-effects of that have been well-documented.
Luckily these have been fairly hearty APs who have luckily not come down with any illnesses that would seem to have required antibiotics while they were with us – despite being slobbered on non-stop by our constantly-sick young children. So we never had to actually deal with the situation.
But we wondered – if the whole family comes down with some bacterial infection, say, strep throat, that knocks you out of commission with fever and related symptoms for quite some time if you don’t treat it with antibiotics, and we all get on antibiotics right away and get back in the saddle, but the AP refuses to take antibiotics and therefore can’t work for a week or more (and is also still contagious and could re-infect the family), what is the solution?
As illustrated by the horrendous-sounding situation with the Vitamin B shots (and our flu shot conversations ~ cv) , you can’t force someone to take medicine they don’t want to take.
And it doesn’t seem like a situation where you could (or would want to!) demand rematch – but it is horribly inconvenient and expensive in terms of scrambling for backup care.
It seems a lot different from the injury situations that have been discussed on here, where an AP breaks a bone and there is no way to heal that quickly; but with a bacterial infection, there is an option for avoiding a prolonged illness. With something like a bacterial illness, it would likely be over by the time rematch could “solve” it, and then irreparable damage would have been done by suggesting rematch.
Now – with the APs we’ve loved over the years who have had this attitude, I am sure we would have just dealt with it and tried our best not to feel resentful.
And of course we’ve dealt with many sick days needed by APs and nannies over the years – we all get sick, and others have to deal with it. I guess this situation feels different because there would be an easy medical solution that the AP is refusing to utilize, so I could see major resentment on my part if an AP needed two weeks off due to an illness she could easily have stopped in its tracks.
What do you all think?
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