I called the doctor yesterday to set up an appointment for Troy to determine if there is Dyslexia or some other visual perception problem going on. I was so excited when they asked me if I could come in that same day at 3:30! How awesome is that? I got all the kids into the car, picked Jason up from school, and went to the doctor’s office. When we got there, the kids all went right over to the giant chalkboard they have and started drawing pictures. I went to the window to sign in. The receptionist there was sweet and friendly as always, and asked me if anything had changed since our last visit – our address, phone number, or insurance?
As a matter of fact, yes, our insurance had changed. And at that point, so did my day. They asked me what new company we were with. When I told them, they looked at me apologetically, and said it was the only one they didn’t take. ”Did you just say you DON”T take Aetna?” I asked incredulously. ”Yes. I am so sorry,” she replied. My eyes started to well up with tears. I felt stupid about that, and held my breath and tried to look like I was thinking about what to do until the emotion passed. I have been coming here since Jason was born. We had been seeing Dr. Maxwell the whole time, but he had just retired, right after our last appointment, so it should not have been as devastating as it was, but I trusted this group. They are very well known and have a wonderful reputation in the area as one of the best Doctor Offices around. I wanted nothing less for my kids. Our insurance keeps going up because of all the legislation going on, so Jason’s company had to change insurance companies just to keep it manageable. We still pay through the nose for great health insurance, so to not be able to see my doctor anymore makes me so mad.
As many of you know, one of the most important people in your life is your child’s doctor (especially if you have a Derek in your life…). Having a pediatrician that you know and trust brings you such peace of mind. Not having that now is very frustrating. I know there are other great doctors out there that will take my insurance, but now we have to get to know another doctor and another office. I used to be able to call and they knew my voice and just asked me which kid was going to be seen. They knew their birthdays and their ages and were so friendly and great. All the doctors there were amazing, so I knew that we would get great care, even if our doctor was booked for that day.
Today I spent some time looking into other pediatricians. I found a group just one building over from our old group. I have heard good things about them from friends, so I am hoping that this is really a non-issue in the end. I researched the doctors there. They are so young, but sometimes that is a good thing when dealing with little ones. I found one that seems to fit our family well, so I am going to set up an appointment with her on Monday. Wish me luck! I hope to put this issue to rest. I hate not having a doctor to see my kids, especially when we are so close to everyone’s birthdays!
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