Dan and I met with Darren's new doctor this morning for about an hour. We went through all of the normal questions, was it a normal pregnancy, birth, any unusual occurences durring childhood (are you kidding...everything was an unusual occurance), yadda yadda yadda. The doctor appeared to be very nice and he asked a lot of good questions beyond the chatter I mentioned above. His office was, well, as Dan put it, didn't inspire confidence. It was a small office in a small building shared with other therapist types. The carpet had to be 20 years old and furniture wasn't far behind. I go back and forth on this. On one had, who cares what the stuff looks like, as long as he is compitent and good with Darren. On the other hand, Dan was right. It didn't impress me. We'll see how tomorrow goes when Darren meets with him for about an hour.
In the past we have always had the best doctors for Darren. His first Pediatrician was highly recommended and outstanding. Darren's eye doctor (he has strabismus, or lazy eye on top of everything else), is highly saught after in the area and hard to get an appointment with. She is regarded as the best for childhood eye problems beyond just simple sight issues. And the doctor who Darren originally saw for his ADHD evaluation is beyond fabulous. Dr. Jacknow has been recommended to us by virtually everyone we know who has had similar issues. Unfortunately, because this doctor will have to prescribe medication for Darren on an on-going basis and will require seeing him frequently to get the dosages right, we are stuck with what our insurance will cover, and who it will cover. It is amazing how difficult it is to find a doctor that is 1) on your health plan coverage 2) does what you need him/her to do and 3) taking new patients! That is how we got to where we are. We don't have a whole lot of choices at this point. Who knows, we may rave about this doctor someday. I'm optimistic. I also just want someone to help us make some changes so that we can have less conflict in Darren's life, and in ours.