Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Doc visit #1
For the first time during the journey I feel like I have made a mistake. On thursday Cameron and I went to see Dr. Shoemaker to get his evaluation of Nolan's leg. He confirmed what Dr. Zionts told me a few weeks ago. He has a bowed tibia. Even though I felt extremely uncomfortable with Dr. Shoemaker treating a clubfoot case; I felt very at ease with him examining Nolan and going over what general treatment would be. I really regret changing my insurance now. He would have been a fabulous doctor. Now I am having second thoughts about seeing Dr. Zionts. He has been AMAZING to my husband and I throughout this whole mess but I no longer feel it is necessary to drive 6 hours round trip. Clubfoot treatment is such a precise art and I was willing to travel to find the right doctor. Now that his prognosis is not as delicate, I want to explore what our options are here in San Diego. At least I took the time to research every pediatric orthopedist in the Southern California area before Nolan was born. Finding a pediatrician seems daunting enough now! The standout option is Dr. Pring at Rady's. She specializes in limb lengthening, shortening, and straightening. I think the plan as of now is to make an appointment with Dr. Zionts and with Dr. Pring and make our decision after we have seen both doctors. I feel bad changing doctors after everything Dr. Zionts and his team has done for us but I need to think of what is best for my own sanity. Dealing with a newborn is hard enough right now. I don't need to make my life harder if there is a doctor here in San Diego who can treat my son.