Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I hit the pediatrician jackpot today!!

I left the house with very low expectations today.  I expected to come home frustrated and having to continue my search for a pediatrician.  Well, instead - I came home feeling like I hit the pediatrician jackpot today.  I'm pretty sure it's as good of a feeling as winning the lottery!

I was very hesitant to go with a large practice at first.  I really liked the idea of a solo practice, but since I've had so much luck with finding a good one (sense the sarcasm?) I decided to give this one a shot since I've heard such great things about her.  Well, I'm glad I did.  I will admit, it's a large group.  I did have to wait a short amount of time.  And no, the office staff sure won't remember me or my daughter when we walk in.  BUT - none of that matters to me, as long as we have a good doctor who listens to my concerns.

And that she is.  I was very impressed that she spent 35 minutes talking to me and evaluating Kennedy.  She was very much in agreement with the idea of using oils and not formula to help her gain weight.  Speaking of weight - she was very pleased with Kennedy's.  She said that she's in the lower end of average for a Down syndrome child, and that with her heart condition she wouldn't expect more than that right now.  She is also willing to be semi-flexible on the vaccines after surgery, which is about all I can ask for at this point.  She agreed with my feelings that Kennedy is a little behind with her motor skills as far as her neck and upper body strength.  She gave me some ideas how we can continue to work on it, until Early Steps gets their act together and starts her therapy. 

On that note...back to hounding my Early Steps Coordinator...


  1. yay! I'm so glad you found a good doctor and thats a weight off your shoulders!

  2. You know I wasn't so keen on a big practice but am very pleased with our practice. And surprisingly the doctor's and front staff know us and Aviva. Even some of the nurses remember Aviva-it's a nice surprise being a large practice. :)

  3. So happy to hear that you can mark this milestone off the list - I know you went through such frustration to find an amazing doctor (and it sure sounds like you have!!). Very thrilled for you guys! Sounds like you're both on the same page and that's got to be a great relief!

  4. Glad you are happy (at least for now). However, sometimes it is better to have a doctor who genuinely cares about the welfare of your child and makes the hard decisions and does the right thing even if it means going against your wishes rather than a doctor who tells you what you want to hear in order to avoid the risk of upsetting you and just to keep your business.

  5. If you read my previous post (http://lifeasweknowit-jenniferm.blogspot.com/2011/04/search-is-on.html) you would know that I wasn't looking for a pediatrician to agree with me, but one who would listen to my concerns and educate me. No one cares more genuinely about the welfare of my child than I do. Considering our previous pediatrician never once brought up the fact that she has Down syndrome, clearly it wasn't a good match for us.

  6. A Fan Of Yours...May 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Bottom line is, you have to be comfortable & believe in your choice - and I truly believe you've found someone who not only listens to your concerns, but takes them on as her own. Jen - go with your heart - it won't steer you wrong. No one loves that little girl more than you do - it's obvious with every decision you make! :-)