Me: Hi, my son has a high fever and is vomiting. I'd like him to see a doctor today.
Nurse: Well, we have been seeing the flu go around. How many times has he vomited today?
Me: Just twice, but...
Nurse: Well, we have been seeing a lot of vomiting and diaharea. Just give his tummy a break for a few hours....
Me: Yes, but I'm really more concerned about the fever. It's over 103.
Nurse: How old is he?
Me: 2 and 1/2
Nurse: Has he complained of anything else?
Me: He doesn't have the words to do that. I'm really concerned about his ears.
Nurse: Yes, but is he fussy or tugging on his ears?
Me: No, but he doesn't always do that. He doesn't always complain. I would really like him to see someone today.
Nurse: Well, Dr. _________ does have something at 11:45.
Me: That would be great. Thank you.