Day 13 ~ I am thankful for doctors who care about my family.
Having lived in Oklahoma most of my life (all but the 6 years I lived in MO for college & early marriage), I had the same doctors for many years. In fact, the pediatrician our kids went to was my pediatrician!! My GI doctor treated me from the time of my first diagnosis, at age 19, until we left OK 6 months ago!! (I’ll leave out how many years that was – lol.) The point is…I’ve always had doctors I knew and could trust.
Not only was moving 600+ miles from our family and friends difficult and scary – so was finding new doctors!! I’m rarely sick, unless it’s GI related. I don’t get many colds or sinus infections, so I rarely saw my primary physician. For most of the last 6 years I was pregnant, so that meant I saw my OB more than any other doctor. I was scared, literally, to find a new pediatrician for my kids – because let’s face it…you don’t trust your kids’ health to just anyone! And I was leery of finding a GI doctor I liked as much as mine in Oklahoma. After all, I’d known him…ahem, I said I wouldn’t say.
But because of wonderful referrals and some great people at church, we have found wonderful doctors!! I was able to get all 4 kids in for well-check/initial appointments in the last few weeks. And I can honestly say…I LOVE our new pediatrician. The nurses were so kind and patient as I wrestled 2 kids at each appointment. The doctor was very thorough, yet kind and considerate to the children (i.e. he didn’t treat them like idiots). The office was well staffed and ran smoothly – at least as far as I could see. We had to take Punkin, the 2-yr old, back in the other day for a high fever that persisted for 4 days. They were so kind and gentle with her and really spoke clearly about things to watch for and what to do in case of, which is a HUGE relief to a Mommi of four. All in all, I’m pleased with the doctor God has placed in our life to care for our children.
As for my doctor, the GI was the first on the list. It was a must in order to continue getting the medication I need. After several visits to the ER here in town, they referred me to a local GI doctor. Let’s just say he was not a fit for me. It was not good. NOT. GOOD. AT. ALL. Thankfully, someone at church referred me to another doctor in the city about 30 minutes away. To some around here, that seems like a long way to drive, but being from a larger metropolis in OK, it was just like driving across town! I set up an appointment with him and immediately knew this was the doctor for me!! I no longer felt like the doctor had to prove he was right about me or my case. This doctor is genuinely concerned with me and how I’m doing!!! What a relief!
I am so blessed that God has taken care of the kids and I thus far. And I am so blessed that He has guided us to the exact doctors we need in our lives – the ones perfect for us.