Monday, March 9, 2009

House Calls

On Friday DJ had his 5 year old check up and Anderson got a prescription!

DJ does not have the same family doctor as the rest of he family due to his complicated health concerns. His pediatrician, Dr. V-S, is currently on maternity leave and has a rotation of doctors taking her appointments.

Friday I took all three kids to DJ's afternoon appointment. The doctor was a very nice lady by the name of Dr. M. While Dr. M was checking out DJ she seemed a little preoccupied. Finally, she exclaimed, "How long has your other son had that cough? Does he has asthma? Is he in a doctor's care? Is he a patient us Dr. V-S?"

I told her Anderson had pneumonia this past summer and has never really gotten over it. His cough comes and goes - but usually comes and lingers. His energy level is extremely low and that for months I have brought his condition to the attention of our family doctor on three separate appointments. (our doctor is very hands off, that is why I originally started to go to him...but I was starting to get a bit concerned regarding his lack of intervention in the situation.)

Anyways, long story short, we went in for DJ's physical and left with Anderson being partially diagnosed with asthma and possibly pneumonia. Poor Ander is now on two different puffers. The good thing is that we noticed an immediate positive reaction to the meds, and I think Ander got his first cough-free night in a long, long time.

I was impressed on how the doctor took control and identified the problem (I would latter find out she is a principle at the lung clinic at the children's hospital). But was even more impressive was that she called us the next day to check how Anderson was doing on the medications. Not many doctors take the time to make "house calls" any more.

So, we are moving ahead with this treatment, and hoping Anderson's cough totally disappears, his energy returns and his sparkle shines again soon.

Writing about house calls of sorts - I went to a great birthday-slash-house warming party on Saturday night. It was great fun! The Veg Next Door has a fab-uuuuu-lous new home. There are two things I HATE - order envy and house envy - and well, I had house envy after seeing the large, spacious rooms! It really was a lovely family home.

My house-envy was subsided by friendly batter and conversation. I really only knew the hostess and one other dear friend - but met a ton a great people. Many of the attendees are runners and it was great fun to swap stories, ideas and training routines. The party was in a small town a little bit of a hike outside of Ottawa, and the weather was not the greatest - but my girlfriend and I car pooled and we had a great drive. I am one lucky gal to have such great friends.

Well, off to make lunch....oh! darn - forgot to do Menu Plan Monday....ok - will get to it soon!

Have a great Monday my dear bloggy friends!


Kat said...

Thank goodness Anderson got the attention and diagnosis he needed from that clever doc! Hopefully he will be bright eyed and bushy tailed again in no time!

And YAY for a night away! :)

Tara R. said...

That's great that the doctor took the time to address Anderson's needs too. I hope he continues to get better.

The Veg Next Door said...

Thank you for your kind words and for making the trek out to my neck of the woods. It was nice to get friends together.

Seriously, we should plan for a coffee date with the other "pool" ladies. I'm usually in town on Sundays.

Pregnantly Plump said...

I'm so glad that the doctor knew what was wrong with Anderson and was so attentive. It's good fortune that you brought them all to the appointment.