Some people have decent intentions and just blow that all to pieces.
A South Carolina mother is outraged after a nurse at a children’s hospital left a nasty note she says is about her baby.
The mom says the note referred to the sick child as a “loser” and that he had not had his immunizations. Katie Smart says she brought her nine-month-old to the hospital, after she saw her son twist his ankle. He also had a fever, so to be safe, she wanted him checked out. That visit came with a message, Smart says, she didn’t deserve.
Katie Smart’s reaction, when she found this note, she says a nurse at Palmetto Health’s Children’s Hospital left behind, in her nine-month-old son’s room, while he was getting checked out at the hospital. The message, the baby had a fever, and had not received any vaccinations. The bottom of the note, concluded with the word, loser, and a sad face.
Smart says she researched the ingredients of vaccinations given to children, and that’s why she and her husband decided not to inject two of their three kids. She says she doesn’t know if the nurse intentionally left the note behind, or it was an accident, either way, Smart says it was uncalled for.
Yes, the note left by the nurse was rude and uncalled for and NOT the way to relay a very important message: Is it not OK to forego vaccinating your kids because you read something bad (and demonstrable false) about vaccines online.
Katie Smart has filed a complaint against the hospital and COO James Latham says the employee has been suspended while they check further into the case to determine any other possible action against the nurse.
This does bring up an interesting question. Sometimes public opinion DOES work to swing the tide of a behavior. It becomes shameful to act a certain way or believe a certain thing. While this is not fair for personal beliefs, it IS fair for unswervingly factual beliefs. We rightly disregard the credibility and reliability of people who believe the earth is 6000 yrs old or flat. Because that’s silly and WRONG by any means of measurement. Silly beliefs that hurt others reflect poorly on those that hold them – Holocaust deniers, HIV deniers, vaccine deniers should be on that list. Because it’s THAT dumb and wrong. However, “loser” is not the way to convey even this message. As one commentator said in the above link, the kid is, sadly, a loser through no fault of his own for having parents that can’t understand what they do.