It's not like I didn't try to get a doctor visit in quickly. Here's how it happened for this placement:
Day 1: Child placed in our home
Day 5: Home visit with caseworker was supposed to happen but cancelled
Day 6: Home visit, find out the clinic where Cricket has gone to a doctor, but not the actual name of the doctor.
Day 8: Call clinic to schedule an appointment and told to deliver or fax paperwork before scheduling appointment. Intend to drop off paperwork on a day clinic is open, but I'm overwhelmed with our family's adjustment, and I just can't do it.
Day 12: B faxes paperwork. Clinic is supposed to call within two days.
Day 14: No call from clinic.
Day 15: Cricket needs to go to the ER, and I am kicking myself for not having more medical and information and history that I would have gotten from the initial doctor visit.
There are some weekends in there that spaced it all out. No one seemed to blame me, but I just really wish I had seen her doctor before I was bringing her to the ER. Next time, I'm going to ask who the doctor is when I am scheduling the home visit with the caseworker. I had it on my list of questions to ask at the home visit, but I shouldn't wait.
Thankfully, Cricket is stable now and just needs to get through this virus. And our wonderful neighbor took Dinosaur and Rhinoceros. I only asked her to take Dinosaur for half an hour then watch him get on the bus for school, but she offered to take Rhinoceros. That made what could have been an unbearable morning just a busy morning. It was even a blessing I could have lots of time blocked off to cuddle Cricket.
Check that off my parenting experience list: I have now taken a child to the ER.