Saturday Links: Antifeminist Whoville, Parent/Pediatrician Relationships, Olympics 2008

Finally! Another Irate Parent Who Hates Horton’s Favored Son Storyline
For awhile there, it looked like commenter Isadora and I were alone in our disgust over the gender inequality in Horton Hears a Who! Now NPR’s Peter Sagal has taken his own two daughters to the new Dr. Seuss movie, and he’s full of rage.

Parents, Behave in the Pediatrician’s Office
Well’s Tara Parker-Pope interviews New York pediatrician Dr. Barney Softness to discover parent mistakes that can make a visit go poorly, with suggestions like you might expect. Don’t promise your kid “no shots,” don’t trick your kids into the appointment itself, etc. etc. But then we come to my old favorite:

Don’t tell me your diagnosis. Often parents come in to rule out a single ailment — such as Lyme disease or diabetes. Or they tell me they think their child has another sinus infection or strep throat. They mean well and usually are worried because someone — or often a Web site — told them their child’s symptoms match a particular problem. But, an accurate description of symptoms is much more valuable.

Sorry, no. I’m still doing both. I know what a sinus infection looks like in my kid because she gets them all the freaking time. I also know what an ear infection looks like in her sister because she gets those all the time.

I’ll never stop approaching appointments this way,”I think AG has another sinus infection because her face hurts and she has a fever and a massive headache” because doctors need to know if my kid gets something frequently enough for me to recognize it. Apparently, Well’s commenters primarily feel the same way.

Olympics President Says Beijing Air No Health Danger to Athletes
Here’s why that statement is interesting. IOC president Jacques Rogge claims the Olympians might experience a “slightly reduced performance” but the airborne sludge won’t harm them because the “IOC will take care of that.”

Huh?

How does that work, exactly? I know Beijing’s pollution is so thick as to be an actual, visible presence in the city, but can the IOC ensure it’s sentient? Does Rogge mean the pollution may target the runners’ speed only while simultaneously not honing in on the very lungs partially responsible for that speed?

Or is he saying the Olympic committee has treatment plans and emergency procedures in place, in the event of any problems? Because, hello? Treating symptoms, the physical manifestations of health problems, isn’t quite the same thing as maintaining good health in the first place.

8 responses to “Saturday Links: Antifeminist Whoville, Parent/Pediatrician Relationships, Olympics 2008”

  1. Asthmagirl says:

    Sorry, I’m completely stunned by the statement of the Olympic president. It’s clear that breathing has never been an issue for him. I wonder if he is even a casual athelete?

  2. Amy says:

    Or, you know, if he’s ever actually run before. This is shaping up to be a controversial Olympics. Did you see this weekend’s news? The torch journey has already been interrupted twice three times by human rights protesters in Paris.

  3. lpnmon says:

    Seriously, all these issues with China-did the IOC not have a single CLUE when they made the choice? I mean really.
    -lpnmon

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