For those that missed it, a week ago we took Baby C in for his two month check-up. After we got home, we received a phone call with some distressing news. You can read all about that here.
Since we got the call late on Friday, I decided to phone our pediatrician Monday morning and see what kind of information I could get from her. Of course, it's almost impossible to get a doctor on the phone, so the nice nurse decided to get me an appointment with her rather than try to answer the frantic questions of a worried mother. I'm sure I sounded like a lunatic when I hit her with all of the "research" I had done on the internet on every possible cause of a jump like that in head size.
Wednesday afternoon, I walked into my appointment with a million questions. My wonderful pediatrician walked in, scooped up my baby, made him smile, turned to me and said, "I reviewed your file and he's absolutely perfect"! Yep, that's it. She did a thorough examination showing me all the things that indicated how healthy he was and wrote us a prescription for an eczema cream. It turns out that Baby C had a bad case of "Resident doctor who didn't bother to check with his regular pediatrician before calling to scare his Mommy half to death"! I'm told it's rare, but it does happen!
So, what did I learn from this experience:
1. Stick with a doctor you trust! - Even if that means their well-baby visits are a little off. It's better to have them see a doctor that is experienced and you KNOW knows your baby!
2. Don't be afraid to make a pest of yourself! - I wanted answers and I didn't want to wait a month for them, especially when I didn't really know what was wrong. There was no way I was going to wait a month without knowing what symptoms I should be looking for or what I could do to help my son. Also, don't be afraid to tell your doctor that you are confused by something they tell you or that they're not giving you enough information. They deal with lots of parents. Some want to know everything and some don't. A good doctor will spend all the time you need answering your questions and addressing your concerns. If they won't, find a new doctor!
3. Everyone makes mistakes - I'm honestly not upset with the Resident. She followed exactly what her books said she should do if she saw a growth like that. Unfortunately, she didn't take into account my son's age or the genetic shift that would occur since he was born small and has tall parents. It's a learning process and hopefully she'll remember to check-in with someone before contacting the parents next time :)
4. Parents are incredibly strong! - It was only a week that I spent riding the roller coaster of emotions from this scare and it truly took a toll on me. I have so much respect for parents who are not so fortunate with their children. My heart and prayers go out to them!
We are all just so thankful that this turned out to be nothing at all! I'm guessing that God thought I needed a little boost of compassion and empathy for those struggling around me. It's all part of His way of saying, "I'm not through molding you yet!".