Thursday, July 01, 2010

Thank You Very Much - Copay Fail

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Hi friends -

There’s been something on my heart and I shared with a couple of you that I knew would pray with me about it.  But darn it if “going to the expert” didn’t leave more questions than answers (and a whole lot of anger).

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So this week’s TYVM post is for Itty Bit’s pediatrician, Thank You Very Much.

 

When my kiddo suddenly starts walking funny, and tripping and bumping into things… I expect that you’ll take my concerns seriously.

When it is obvious that something is wrong with his foot and is causing him to take headers into wood furniture, I expect that you’ll take my concerns seriously.

When I tell you that I am afraid that he would suffer serious injury from his head and kidney taking hits during falls, I expect you to take my concerns seriously.

When you examine him and tell me that his entire leg is turning out from the hip – and  I say that this has only been obvious for the past week, I expect that you’ll take my concerns seriously.

When you tell me he is pigeon-toed and that it’s no big deal because you’re duck-footed… and I tell you I am STILL concerned about him suddenly falling down everywhere, I expect you to take my concerns seriously.

When you note that its just one foot turned in, and I tell you that he’s pronating and actually rolling OVER his ankle, I expect you to take my concerns seriously.

When Mr. Daddy tells you that Itty Bit was limping on Thursday, I expect you to take his concerns seriously.

 

What you should not do, is tell this Momma Bear that it’s okay because “pigeon toed people are faster runners”.

WHAT?!?!

 

Seriously… you did not just tell me that EIGHT (yes, I counted) times during our appointment – that he would be the fastest runner in the school because HIS LEG IS TURNING INWARD FROM THE HIP.

When I told you that it wouldn’t matter how fast he could run if he kept tripping into things, you did not sweetly reply with, “Oh, he’ll figure it out”.  Thank You Very Much.

 

I know you weren’t’ completely immune to my “I cannot believe you are trying to dismiss this” expression… because you just simply would not stop insisting that he was going to be Speedy Gonzales once he got used to his bum leg.

Telling me, “We don’t put braces on them at this age” was complete baloney, Thank You Very Much.

Telling me to “come back in” (with another $25 copay, of course) in a few months if he is still having this problem – well you can bet we are just going to call in (no copay) and request that you refer us to the pediatric orthopedic specialist.  And it’s not going to be “in a few months”, Thank You Very Much.

FYI:  If you are pigeon toed… you don’t just suddenly develop this at four years of age.  And it’s a little more than “pigeon toed” if you are practically walking on your ankle, Thank You Very Much.

And that parting shot?  Where we were walking out of the exam room and you put your hand on my shoulder and said, “just wait… you're gonna see him in the Olympics”… well, let’s just say that theres a reason Mr. Daddy ushered us out of there so quick, Thank You Very Much!

 

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Friends, would you please pray?  For healing for Itty Bit’s leg, for protection for his body from his falls, for wisdom, and for answers?

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And I am terrified… Julie has taken me up on my moment of sympathy offer to guest post tomorrow.

Be afraid, be very afraid!!!

22 comments:

Foursons said...

That angers me so much for you. When do you get in to see the ortho?

And tomorrow will be great. No worries!

Alicia W. said...

Ugh! Why are people like that?? I'm sorry and I really hope you find your answers soon.

MrsMann said...

Will be praying for your sweet boy, and for his wonderful parents!

Melissa said...

Praying for your little man and for patience for you sweet momma! Take care!

GunDiva said...

Why don't you go see Julie's ortho - she gives him high marks.

I'm sorry your pediatrician's an idiot, but I know you'll get it all sorted out.

Tiffany said...

Why don't doctors ever learn that you NEVER mess with Mama Bear?!?! Ugh - I am sorry. We will be praying - for healing, for answers, for peace, for joy, and for a specialist with wisdom, mercy, and grace. Anybody want a peanut?

Just had to put one in to make you smile! Love you lady!

Allenspark Lodge said...

"Hey Doc, you want to see fast foot-work? Watch me take my right foot and..."

Bill

Brandi said...

Oh girl, it would have taken great restraint not to punch him in the face. Second opinion. Second opinion. Second opinion!!! In the meantime, I'm praying for sweet Itty. Hang in there. :)

HeatherOz said...

Doctors really should listen to Mothers!!!! They just think they know everything and there is NO questioning them. I'm so sorry! Definitlely praying for you guys!!

He & Me + 3 said...

I for sure will pray. Every pediatrician should be a mom or a dad and should definitely satisfy the patients parent intuition...whatever that may be. That is why I love ours. she is a mom, a Christian and makes sure I feel 100% secure in her diagnoses or she recommends a specialist to make me feel better.
Sorry that you had to go through that.
Praying now.

Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama said...

I'm so angry on your behalf...how could he continue, over and over again, to just flat out dismiss your concerns like that?! My son's pediatrician said something at one time about how although he's a doctor, I'm the expert on my child. I hope you're able to get that referral ASAP, and then an appointment with the specialist soon. You & Itty Bit are in my thoughts and my prayers. Please keep us all posted.

JenniferNe said...

You go girl! You are your child's biggest and best advocate out there! You know them better than anyone! Don't ever forget that! I will be praying for you both!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Oh My Gosh Rachel! Already praying! Some doctors are just JERKS! Josiah was born with *crossed* eyes and has had 3 surgeries to attempt to straighten them. He also has a congenital heart defect so we didn't want to rush into eye surgery. I told the doctor that I wanted to pray about it first. His response was to go ahead but while I was praying his eyes would get worse! I told his office manage that he was a JERK! Later found out she was his wife (so she probably already knew!) Anyway ... :(

And why does Itty Bit have one kidney?

Cheeseboy said...

Time to find a new doctor, me thinks.

lifebythecreek said...

Listen to your heart, dear friend. In working with families with ill children, the parents KNEW that something was wrong and were often dismissed. The persistent ones are the ones who were able to get early treatment and far less heartache. I am NOT saying that it's something dire, just that a momma's heart knows when it needs more than a band-aid or an "atta-boy". Do NOT stop digging til you reach the source of the problem. Not that I'm worried about that happening.... ;<)
Praying for clarity and peace...

deepintheheartoftexas2 said...

I feel your pain. My daughters first ped told us everything she was doing was normal. I was the odd one for questioning the drs. Well, they fired us. Great for us.

Her problems were food and other allergies.

You are his Mom, you will know if there is something wrong. I honestly if most peds know what they are talking about.

Praying for ya'll.

deepintheheartoftexas2 said...

I feel your pain. My daughters first ped told us everything she was doing was normal. I was the odd one for questioning the drs. Well, they fired us. Great for us.

Her problems were food and other allergies.

You are his Mom, you will know if there is something wrong. I honestly if most peds know what they are talking about.

Praying for ya'll.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I can't believe his doctor just brushed it off. Obviously, if you are just now noticing it, it IS a problem. Praying for Itty Bit.

Emily said...

Poor Itty Bit and poor you!! Praying for him.

K- floortime lite mama said...

Saying a prayer for your little sweetheart of a son
Please update when you get a chance

Kmama said...

Oh no!! I need an update on this! How is he doing?

Stacy said...

Wow, what a great doctor! We had one of those, too, and switched to someone that would actually listen to you. Ugh! I hope the orthopedic specialist gives you some answers. Maybe a trip to a chiropractor, too?? If his bones are out of wack, they tend to be better in the non-surgical route.