My kids spend too much time in doctor's offices.
At their young ages of 11 and 9, my sons have become professional patients.
Nicholas was diagnosed at birth with Prader Willi Syndrome. Before we left the hospital together, we were given a long list of upcoming appointments with doctors and specialists. So began our "healthcare" lifestyle of visiting a variety of physicians every four to six months.
Pediatric Dental Specialist
Add to that: yearly physicals, flu shots, and sick visits, not to mention, hospital stays, EKG's and long term EEG's.....and you understand our predicament.
NOW...add to this the list of Weston specialists:
And of course my Mom, who sees:
Pain Management Clinic
It is not too difficult to see, where my children and I spend most of our time.
I must admit, my children are becoming very good at epitomizing "perfect patients". Armed with cases of matchbox cars and backpacks stuffed with toys, my kids are prepared to wait. I, of course carry the necessary food items, handy wipes and antibacterial soap.
As we transfer into the exam room area, Weston grabs a seat near the window and pulls a construction vehicle out of his pocket, he hums quietly to himself as he moves the vehicle precariously along the edge of the window sill. Nicholas carries his latest Dora backpack, finds an empty seat and occupies his time by zipping and unzipping the various compartments of his favorite carrying device.
When they return from the bathroom, the doctor is usually present. The exam and follow up questions are tolerated half-heartedly by the boys. After a few, "Are you done yets?" from the now impatient children, followed immediately by glaring looks from me, we finish up with the latest specialist of the day.
As we head out of the office, I check out with the receptionist who hands me a card that tells me........of course.........when we need to return!
I have millions of these......
I am hoping that all of this exposure to the health care field will have a positive effect on my children. Perhaps they too will become healers of some kind, helping others and caring for people? Or maybe they will be the first to design cool waiting room toys or "mommy-less" bathrooms with toilets that flush quietly for a change! Whatever they become, I do hope they look back upon these times with happiness and a good memory or two of the many doctor visits we spent together.