I occurs to me that we suddenly have a lot of medical professionals in our life. And my kids are relatively healthy. What about people who have real problems - they must have a rolodex full of doctors?
I find myself now having appointments with a pediatrician, physical therapist, osteopath, dietician, allergist, neurologist. We've also been to an orthopedic surgeon and a pediatric cardiologist, but fortunately those were hopefully one time deals and we won't have any kind of ongoing relationship with them. (Actually now that I say that, I think Danny is supposed to have a follow up with that cardiologist at some point, to have another look at that PDA. I need to find out when that's supposed to be scheduled.) That doesn't include my own internist, OB, opthamologist, dermatologist, dentist and occasional acupuncturist. And Jim's got his neurosurgeon for his back. And we haven't even started on the dentist for the kids - so add that one to the list soon.
We are fortunate to have excellent insurance. I know we are very lucky and I never take that for granted. We don't ever have to think twice about setting up an appointment with a specialist. We don't ever have to worry about the cost. It's such a burden lifted off us that I know so many people have to worry about.
But I wonder lately if it's too much. Am I going overboard by setting up these appointments for the neurologist and the allergist? Should I just leave the kid alone? I think in ours or our parents time these things would have just been left alone. "He's a little behind? He'll catch up?" "He's allergic to milk? don't worry, he'll grow out of it." Is this just normal stuff that I shouldn't worry about? Are we over exposed to the medical system?