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Congratulations! It will do a whole lot for your self confidence in standing up for the rights of your child.
I had to when my son was 12 yrs. old, growing like a "weed" and came down with Osgood-Shlotters(sp? I am sure I totally butchered that one).
Anyway, to make it short, on the day of exam I happened to come upon an article that explained the whole thing. So I was ready. All I needed was for the specialist to mention that disease. So when he did and started to inform me on the surgery my son would need on both knees, I informed him about EVERYTHING that I knew about it. (He had no clue the information had come from a magazine in his waiting room just 20 min. earlier.)
After accusing me of child neglect, I charged him of tying to make money out of a disease that will basically cure itself. He called the nurse in and she asked me to leave.
In the car I fell apart. I bawled and trembled like a leaf in a storm. But my son thanked me over and over for not having to go through a surgery. Within a month of 'time out from most sports', he was cured for life!
I learned so much that day. After that I only wanted a doctors opinion. I did the research, I decided on the medicine, I called ALL the shots. And just imagine, I have three kids that survived it all, and one of them is now himself a surgeon.
Anyway, good luck with your research.
And again, congratulations!