A List Maker's Life: Perhaps Neurosurgeons Are People Too?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Perhaps Neurosurgeons Are People Too?

After waiting much longer than we expected, Kevin and I were finally able to meet with the pediatric neurosurgeon last week. We came prepared with many questions, yet a bit intimidated to ask someone so smart and skilled.

We had heard plenty of warnings about what to expect when talking to this scientific specialist: worst case scenarios, confusing vocabulary, goofy doctor-isms, and inflated self esteem. We were so pleasantly surprised by how the visit actually progressed.

Our doctor was incredibly honest with us about what to expect. However, he explained so many things to us in language that we were finally able to understand and statistics that we were able to hold on to. He has professional opinions on whether or not to proceed with a shunt surgery right away, as well as whether to use programable or non-programmable shunts {a confusing sentence if you're not a SB insider...sorry}. Yet, he is willing to listen to our concerns about each of these issues and involve us in the decision making process. 

There is peace in knowing what to expect from this specialist in the weeks {and years} to come. At this point it is high on our prayer list that this neurosurgeon will be assigned to us after our baby's birth. At this point it is the plan, however his {the Drs.} family is dealing with a personal medical uncertainty of their own which may change his schedule. For those of you who have willingly joined us in prayer for the days and weeks to come, we ask that you will add this concern to your list. Thanks!

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11 comments:

  1. For sure adding this request to the prayer list. I know how important it is to have a doctor you can understand but who also understands you.

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  2. I will for sure keep you all in my prayers about this!

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  3. I am happy that you got some comfort from the doctor and will be praying that it all works out that you get to work together on this

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  4. Hugs to you all, lifting you up in prayers.

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  5. Praying for you guys and your doctors. Thinking of you often. Who is your pediatric neurosurgeon?

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  6. Praying for this man, that he will have everything work out in his home and be your dr. and for wisdom for you both!!1 HUGS!

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  7. I happy to hear this appointment gave you hope and peace.

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  8. So happy to hear that it went so well! Will add this into my prayers for you!

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  9. I've been thinkin about you, Katie. Many prayers.

    Steph

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  10. I'm so glad to hear that the appointment went well! It is so great that you feel comfortable and confident with whoever you met with. Lots of prayers that he will be Gabe's neurosurgeon!!

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