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#31 of 47 Old 01-15-2008, 09:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I guess I've become jaded. I no longer care if someone agrees with me, but I do care if THEY care that I don't agree with them. THAT affects care. Not agreeing with me usually doesn't.
Eh. I care if they're ignorant. And I simply don't have the patience or emotional energy to work on a relationship with a ped. who thinks I'm an idiot for my choices.... And if the whole point is to have a relationship with them....

-Angela
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The office I have been to is in The Woodlands. The other office does not accept insurance it is cash only.
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I'm not sure you're understanding my point or that I'm making it clearly.

Most people don't need a pediatrician.

The only reason most people need a pediatrician is "just in case."

Almost every "just in case" where a pediatrician would be needed involves a hospital and / or specialists.

Working with a doctor w/o hospital priviledges is fine, as long as you have a doctor for those just in case things. But that means two docs, and that's usually not necessary either.

If you want someone because they'll RX the occasional antibiotic or whatnot, and you aren't concerned about actual ped needs (cancer, hormonal problems, breathing problems, etc etc), then why not see a family practice doc who won't bother you and who can refer you to a ped if necessary?

But then, that means, "just in case" happens in the middle of the night, you are stuck w/o someone to consult with who can actually impact care.

IME there is very little point to a ped who doesn't come to the hospital themselves. Working with hospitalists is working with strangers. And while some of them are excellent, unlike your personal doctor, they DON'T work for you. They work for the hospital or the on-call doc.

I've had some very good experiences with a doctor whose call was taken by another practice. I've also had some very poor experiences this way.

Previously, I held that the best practice was the solo practioner. I'm not sure this is true now. In on-call situations, the solo practioner is part of a call group which can be really hit or miss.

Now I hold the best practice is the practice that is small enough that you know of each doc and they can know of you. BUT where one doc is your doc, and that s/he is not hard to get ahold of.

Unfortunately with TCH's buy out of almost every practice in town, that leaves very few truly "private" practices left.

There are a few.
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Eh. I care if they're ignorant. And I simply don't have the patience or emotional energy to work on a relationship with a ped. who thinks I'm an idiot for my choices.... And if the whole point is to have a relationship with them....

-Angela
See I think I just wasn't clear enough.

I'm not saying I'm willing to accept a doc who thinks I'm an idiot. I think:

1) Doc should think that parents know their children best
2) Doc should have a certain level of understanding and education as well as continuing education in medicine
3) Doc should have a significant level of curiosity in medicine and be able to think outside the box, accept other "alternative" or "complementary" therapies
4) Doc should be willing to say let's do this AND this.
5) Doc should have their own ideas, but never reject outright the ideas/knowledge of the parent

What I meant previously was this. Lemme give a vax example cuz I've got a thousand of them.

I don't really care what docs think about my vaccine choice as long as it doesn't impact the care they give.

We had one doc who harassed us to no end. Said ridiculous things.

We had one doc who could never remember that my kids weren't vaccinated. And while this was great for most of the time, it meant that she wasn't willing to check my son's titers for mumps when we thought he had it.

We had one doc who said that he had no problem, but told us ONE scary story. THEN he started writing on all our paper work NO where the nurse had written YES. THEN he stated when confused about an issue that "it could be anything because after all, he's not vaccinated." (Which I don't think I need to tell you that this is a ridiculous statement.)

We also have had 2 docs who said, Yes or No? Is he or isn't he? And then followed by, I don't care one way or the other, I just need to know. These docs required NO waiver to sign. They truly just wanted to know. They never brought it up later, except for one to tell us that he had flu vax for my son if we wanted it since he was in a high risk category.

The thing similar about these two doctors is that they were evangelicals. I'm sure for instance that they both would not activists in any way. But they are both smart doctors who understand that some things just aren't their business. AND they were willing to work with me where I was, not try to bother, harangue, "guide", "direct", or harass me into cooperating with them.

I personally have found some correlations with these doctors that I didn't know would be relevant.

But I'm going on and on.
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alegna~ I will PM you about a great experience I had with DR. Stowe recently.

If anyone else is interested just PM me.
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alegna~ I will PM you about a great experience I had with DR. Stowe recently.

If anyone else is interested just PM me.
Thanks! I look forward to reading more about her.

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I'm still not entirely familiar with the Houston area, so not SURE where you are in relation, but after my 4th we saw Dr. Kalia (Nassau Bay Pediatrics?). She is pro-vax and gave us a brief spiel but was understanding and respectful of us declining. We told her that dd was an unassisted homebirth, co-sleeps, we were delaying solids (her only appt was at 6 months and most peds push solids at that age), exc. breastfed and was tandeming with older sister....she was cool with all of it.
Granted we only went the one time. It was just to get the birth cert., lol!


This time, with my 2 month old ds, we had a home visit. The ped is one of my hubby's friends and lives down the street, so he came over when ds was 5 days old. Easy peasy! He IS pro-vax, which I know because dh talks to him about stuff like that, but he knows our stance and didn't say one thing about it while he was over. And he didn't try to retract ds or anything. However, I think he did it as more of a favor for dh and I'm not sure if it's a regular thing he does. But we're probably too far from you anyway, lol! (Pearland) But I just wanted to say that the home visit is awesome!!! I hope you find a doc that'll do it.

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Yeah, those are a bit far from me (southeastish when I'm northwestish )

I'm just not feeling terribly motivated I guess... If I felt like I needed one, Krenie would be great. And the moms I personally know who use Krenie love her. But most don't actually take their kids to see her either But hey, just having a ped who is okay with that is something of a feat these days.

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Yeah, those are a bit far from me (southeastish when I'm northwestish )

I'm just not feeling terribly motivated I guess... If I felt like I needed one, Krenie would be great. And the moms I personally know who use Krenie love her. But most don't actually take their kids to see her either But hey, just having a ped who is okay with that is something of a feat these days.

-Angela
Angela I've taken the wee man (16 months) a number of times. After my guy's six month check up I'd finally had enough with the standard answer 'babies get six, especially day care babies.' I got that he'd pick up a few extra bugs being there but he had a never ending running nose and seemed to be sick every other week and all they'd do is give him more antibiotic scrips and shots and ignored any sort of questions about WHY this kept happening and his ecxema. So I asked on here and started taking him to dr. Stowe. It took a few visits but she was willing to keep trying and didn't seem to want to just keep sending me away after collecting my co-pay. Eventually with the right treatments he hasn't been sick in a number of months and seems much healthier and happier. And I haven't had to use the nose bulb in so long I am not even sure where it is!

Now this was done with modern medicine, although she did offer to refer us to a homeopath if I remember correctly. Mainly it was just that she bothered and listened and actually seemed interested in getting my little guy better. I have a feeling if I'd kept my guy at his original peds he would have ended up in hospital with pneumonia because of the never ending upper respiratory problems they were leaving untreated. I also think stopping vax when we did helped his immune system recover.

So hopefully you get a baby who doesn't need ongoing visits, but if you do, at least she is willing to give you the time. And I am also impressed she does care across the board, not just catering to suburban types with good insurance and speaks Spanish and is so good with babies.
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I'm just not feeling terribly motivated I guess... If I felt like I needed one, Krenie would be great. And the moms I personally know who use Krenie love her. But most don't actually take their kids to see her either But hey, just having a ped who is okay with that is something of a feat these days.

-Angela
Actually, I first went to Dr. Stowe when my youngest dd was born for a newborn exam....she was about a week old. Dr. Stowe did the checkup, and we talked a bit about my no-vax, ebf yada yada, and Dr. Stowe said.....I probably won't see you again.....but here's my cell # and business card, call me if you have anu questions.

She doesn't expect me to bring my healthy baby in for a check. .....so if that is all you are wanting...someone just in case-who doesn't expect you to show up every month then Dr. Stowe is your doc.
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Actually, I first went to Dr. Stowe when my youngest dd was born for a newborn exam....she was about a week old. Dr. Stowe did the checkup, and we talked a bit about my no-vax, ebf yada yada, and Dr. Stowe said.....I probably won't see you again.....but here's my cell # and business card, call me if you have anu questions.

She doesn't expect me to bring my healthy baby in for a check. .....so if that is all you are wanting...someone just in case-who doesn't expect you to show up every month then Dr. Stowe is your doc.
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking...

thanks!

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Actually, I first went to Dr. Stowe when my youngest dd was born for a newborn exam....she was about a week old. Dr. Stowe did the checkup, and we talked a bit about my no-vax, ebf yada yada, and Dr. Stowe said.....I probably won't see you again.....but here's my cell # and business card, call me if you have anu questions.

She doesn't expect me to bring my healthy baby in for a check. .....so if that is all you are wanting...someone just in case-who doesn't expect you to show up every month then Dr. Stowe is your doc.
I had a similar experience with her also. We switched over to Dr. Stowe when my DD was 12 months. Took her in for a 12 month well baby and a 15 month visit at which Dr. Stowe flat out told us we didn't have to bring her in unless she was sick. We love her.

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Actually, I first went to Dr. Stowe when my youngest dd was born for a newborn exam....she was about a week old. Dr. Stowe did the checkup, and we talked a bit about my no-vax, ebf yada yada, and Dr. Stowe said.....I probably won't see you again.....but here's my cell # and business card, call me if you have anu questions.

She doesn't expect me to bring my healthy baby in for a check. .....so if that is all you are wanting...someone just in case-who doesn't expect you to show up every month then Dr. Stowe is your doc.
We had a similar experience with her also. We switched over to Dr. Stowe when my DD was 12 months. Took her in for a 12 month well baby and a 15 month visit at which Dr. Stowe flat out told us we didn't have to bring her in unless she was sick. We love her.

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Is it actually hard to find a ped who CARES if you don't bring in a healthy baby with no known health problems who continues to have no health problems?
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I came to this board in July searching for information on pediatricians after my then 15mo had an awful reaction (5 day 103+ fever) to the MMR vaccine. I had been very unhappy with the factory style care at Texas Children's Pediatrics, especially the misdiagnosis of perpetually swollen lymph nodes (since birth) as dermoid cysts, and the lack of concern at the MMR reaction was the last straw (Yes, I've been educating myself in the meantime on non/delayed vax issues). I"ve been meaning to return to thank the person that recommended Dr. Jeoffery Wolens at Vip Pediatrics (THANK YOU!!). On our first visit re: lymph nodes , we were admitted within 5 minutes and Dr. Woellens spent a full hour speaking with us about our concerns and and answering our questions. On our second visit, 18 month check-up, we were admitted within 5 minutes and he spent a full 45 minutes with us discussing milestones and answering questions/concerns. We declined he flu vacccine at that visit and he did not bat an eye. This was the closest to "concierge care" I could have hoped for with traditional insurance coverage.

Yesterday, Amaya was became very ill in the afternoon (vomiting and diarrhea) and we called at 3:45 and they advised us to bring her in ASAP. We were treated immediately upon arrival. While leaving the office, my DH nearly teared up b/c of the care and concern the doctor showed our daughter which was in direct contrast to what we had experienced in the past.

We have not personally dealt with some of the issues that may be important to you, but Dr. Wolens may be worthy of an interview.

Thanks again to the person(s) who recommended him. We are eternally grateful.
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I'm in Katy (far West Houston). Are there any peds over here? We are having a girl so the circ. thing doesn't really apply to us. I just want someone who isn't going to harass us about vaxing. I'll listen to their spiel, but in the end they need to accept my decision.
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