Nothing could possibly dampen the joy brought by this weekend’s weather (Laurel went positively bonkers over finally being able to wear summer sandals), but a bout of conjunctivitis served as absurd evidence of my personal medical cluelessness.
Yesterday I needed prescription antibiotics and was quickly reminded that – despite being a Palm carrier who used to work at one of Boston’s top hospitals – I haven’t had a check up since my 8 week postpartum visit, I couldn’t remember my PCP’s name (I met her once, 3 years ago), and when I connected with the doctor on call, I couldn’t remember where I got my last prescription filled (C-section painkillers) and didn’t have any local pharmacy information on hand. I picked what I thought was the most likely pharmacy (where I fill Laurel’s scripts) only to find on arrival that I wasn’t registered, and that I brought my hospital card instead of my insurance card to process the prescription. Oops.
In a sense, I’m lucky that this ignorance is driven by my low maintenance medical status. But this experience made obvious how much more attuned I am to Laurel’s medical details over my own (never mind that the only reason I knew the diagnosis and treatment for conjunctivitis was because Laurel contracted it last year), and I’m sure many parents experience the same phenomenon. So in the spirit of avoiding medically oriented “mommy moments” in the future, enjoy the wallet-sized medical quick reference card (in pink/chocolate and blue/chocolate) I designed to keep important medical details all in one stylish place. Just print, cut along the dashed lines, fill in your info, and fold in half along the solid line to tuck in your wallet.