Can someone help me make a decision about pediatricians?
We have a pediatrician but I do not like her. Worse, I do not trust her medically as she has made a whole world of mistakes with my son. I don't think she respects me as a parent either.
Good thing is that she has always assumed we're getting vaccines at the health department and so I think I can safely assume there isn't going to be an issue--my boys are 3.5. And my son has excellent specialists working with us and I do have a pediatrician brother in law if I really need him to do something when this dr. won't listen. But he (the BIL) really feels I should switch doctors and I also feel I need a perspective of a medical professional who has a non-involved viewpoint in making decisions about my son--she is not this person for me as I don't trust her judgement at all.
For what it is worth, Indiana allows religious or medical exemptions but it is quite against the grain in this area not to vaccinate to put it mildly.
My son has a serious medical condition (metabolic) as well as autism spectrum and we really do need a pediatrician in case he has a medical crisis and to get therapy prescribed.
So I tried out a new pediatrician one town over. She was better than the current in that I think she is a much better doctor and treated me with respect as a parent. She seems like a team player. But I tried to feel out her vaccine stance and she was aghast that a parent wouldn't vaccinate and told me that we needed to make sure we all (except Andrew) got flu vaccines this year to protect Andrew and on. She even said she needed to talk with my son's geneticist to see why he said no vaccines for Andrew. I might be able to just work around it in terms of the health department but what if she decided to kick us out of the practice or worse? I did like her better than the other dr. otherwise. She's not absolutely ideal but I don't think I'll find that anyway; she even called to follow up personally. I've probably got no issues with my metabolic guy as his geneticist said no vaccines anyway but his twin...well, I don't think she'd like that.
What would you do?
There is literally no pediatrician close by who is going to be ok with this except "maybe" one whose practice is not accepting patients.
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PS: Don't give up! When I was little, my mom took me and my sister to some doctor she couldn't stand. He never listened to her and didn't seem to do a good job. She had to nag him about my sisters foot until he finally sent her to a specialist, turns out she had a partial club foot! Years later, there was an article in the paper about him and other doctors in the practice that were sued because they contributed to the mental retardation of a little boy. Go with your instincts, always!
Best of Luck to you, I hope you can find someone to be honest with, and stand your ground.
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