I pegged her as clueless when she called me about my son coming into health office complaining of mild stomach pain. She tried to insist to me that because he’s had it for a couple of days, even in the absence of any fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or any other symptoms, I should take him to the doctor.
This was beginning of new school year and she was a new health tech. I didn’t like how things were unfolding from the get-go. Initially V tried to defend her. But a few days later she told me “Mom, you are right, she IS clueless.”
Turns out V stopped by the health office to get something. The following exchange occurred:
HT: I know you have diabetes, but what stage?
V: ??? I have…Type 1 Diabetes?
HT: Yes, but what stage is it?
V: ??? I am…out of honeymoon phase?
HT: But what STAGE?
V: ??? I’ve…had it for 5 years?
Was she confusing diabetes with cancer?
Thankfully it turned out that this health tech was a very temporary substitute.
Incompetence level: advanced.