Should I be this mad at a social worker's allegations?
January 30, 2011 12:39 PM Subscribe
Am I wrong to be furious about allegations made by a social worker?
posted by Ninevolt to Human Relations (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was hoping that people could offer suggestions/advice on how to respond to allegations that were made by a social worker regarding how we are/are not caring for our son.
My son recently spent four nights in the hospital after an admission for diabetic ketoacidosis-- this was not his first admit for DKA ( he's been admitted 7 times to this hospital, 1 to another hospital. )
He was admitted on Tuesday after having had labwork done as part of a normally scheduled appt. with a nephrologist to discuss the liver enyzme issues that were found on his last DKA admission approx. 4 weeks ago. No outward signs of DKA were present ( blood sugar was low, no Kussmaul respirations, etc-- on several previous admits, they've rerun the labs because doctors did not believe his was in DKA. )
The Social Worker Encounter:
Friday morning, I get a phone call at work from my son's hospital room-- "Dad, why'd this lady come to my room and ask me all these emotional questions? She was pushing me, it really bothered me."
Friday afternoon, my wife receives a call from the hospital social worker, which results in the following allegations being made by the social worker. ( Disclaimer: my wife is a nurse at the same facility, and is regularly required to document her calls to doctors and social workers. Ohio's also a single-party consent to record state. )
1. Our son is regularly not checking his sugar, and that the endocrinologists are concerned because they downloaded his meter.
I grabbed my son's meter Friday night, downloaded last 60 days of readings... except for his hospital stays, only one meal check was missed.
2. He was sneaking food in the hospital.
He was on an IV pole, no food was present in room, he was left with no money for vending machines, and the nurse that was on duty was a bit shocked at the accusation, considering the only source of patient food is in a refrigerator at the nurses station.
3. Our son's endocrinologist is incapable of managing a pediatric patient.
A1C initial diagnosis: Above 14
A1C after 8 months of care under hospital endocrine service: 13.
( Subcutaneous insulin, Novolog and Lantus. )
A1C after 12 months of care by his current endocrinologist: Dropped to 8.7.
Other problems were diagnosed ( celiac and thyroid ) around the time of his first DKA admission, after a year of fairly successful control for a diabetic teen under the current doc.
4. "He's sad because the house is so chaotic with 5 other kids running around."
We only have 4 kids -- if there's 2 extra kids running around, we seem to have misplaced the paperwork for them.
Am I wrong to be annoyed with the social worker in this case?
She seems to have crossed the line from patient advocacy into recruiting patients for the hospital's own endocrine service.
( My wife, for what it's worth, is now "ashamed to work at the same facility" and her coworkers have all said this social worker is known to be confrontational. )