January 29, 2013

Super Boy

Super Boy
Last week, we took Super Boy and the Princess to the doctors' office for their respective well-child visits. Both are healthy and strong, and in the case of the little man, not so little after all! Per usual, Nathaniel was practically off the charts when it came to height and weight but considering his size at birth, that's just par for the course.

The biggest challenge of the appointments were the doctors themselves. For the last six months, we have been on a quest to find a pediatrician that we love, after leaving the office of our previous one thanks to ridiculous wait times to speak to a live person. Unfortunately, after finally throwing up my hands and setting out to find a new doctor for our wee ones, we've had nothing but difficulty. Need to ask a question about child development? Get in line. How about a concern about your child's speech? Forget it. And God forbid that you have to ask a question about cloth diapering because I have yet to find a local pediatrician or a nurse who can capably understand and respond to a concern on that topic.

If I sound frustrated, I'll be the first to admit that this has been more difficult than I had initially expected. We've been to three separate doctors since leaving our original pediatrician and I'm so fed up with the situation that I am seriously debating the merits of going back, even if it means ninety-minute wait times for a simple question. But in the meantime, I'm going to be grateful that my kids are healthy and that we can keep these visits to a minimum. And if there are any locals who would be kind enough to recommend their doctors, I'm all ears!

8 comments:

  1. Dr. Aviles at Park Nicollet in Shakopee - He's worth the drive. We have loved him for almost 3 years! The guy is awesome. Even when we move out of Shakopee, we plan on staying with him.

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    1. Thanks Moriah! I will have to look into his practice. It speaks highly of him that you guys have stayed with him for awhile!!

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  2. Dr. Raina Young at Health Partners in Eagan. We love her. She is a family medicine doctor, specializing in OB. She was my OB and now my dr and will be the kid's ped. Even Michael likes her and normally he doesn't care.

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    1. Kylie, do you feel like she really is good with children's medicine in addition to specializing in OB? I've always been a little hesitant about family medicine doctors because I wanted to make sure that they were really up on the latest issues with caring for children. I'd be interested to hear what you think!!

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  3. We went with Dr. Burt Benson who works with Wayzata Children's Clinic (mainly he is in Minnetonka but we loved his relaxed and friendly manner in the hospital with Wyatt--he reminded us very much of our ped in Fargo that we've seen since Alyssa's birth so we will be making the drive out of our way for him!)

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    1. Awesome! Thank you- it's always great to find somebody that you like so much that you would make the extra drive to see them!!

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  4. Alyssa, She is wonderful with Sophia. She has two younger children of her own. She preformed Levi's circ and was very reassuring when he wasn't having bms in the hospital. She was his doctor and took such care of him, in addition to answering my questions. She listened to everything I said and respected and supported all my decisions. Actually, the day I was in labor, she stayed at the hospital the whole time.

    So far, I have loved her for everything I have seen her for. She hasn't even seen Sophia as a patient, but remembered she had a peanut allergy. She remembers that Sophia likes 3 stickers instead of 1 and is always engaged with her when we are there. I would trust her with my children and I really do like her. She takes her time during our appointments, so she is often behind (not by much), but it is because she cares about her patients. I have talked to a few of her patients in the waiting room and they have had nothing bad to say about her.

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    1. I'm glad she's so good with her patients- especially listening and respecting your choices as a parent! Honestly, that's one of the biggest things I want in a pediatrician. Thanks for the recommendation :)

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