Tuesday, January 09, 2007

a new doctor - we hope!

anybody with any sort of chronic problem, shudders, just shudders - at the thought of being without a doctor ...

leo is without a doctor ...

his family physician suddenly gave up his practice ... we hoped that the remaining partner would take leo on ... but yesterday, when we went to see him - he said "nope" ... "good luck" ...

uh ... ok?

sigh ...

we do have an appointment to see another new doctor ... the appointment is on thursday ... so if you think of leo, would you please pray that he hits it off with this fellah ... and that the doctor wouldn't be afraid to take on someone with chronic pain and a long list of meds that are required ...

a friend shared this thought with me ... " living by faith sometimes means walking in the dark, it never means living without a light" ...

Jesus lights our way ... one step at a time ...

15 comments:

Jammie J. said...

A new doctor can be a scary thing. Sometimes a new start can also be a good thing. I will pray that this will be so, seeing the doctor can be such a drain -- multiple interviews for Leo wouldn't be a good thing, hopefully just the one will be all he needs. (sigh)

Lord, give us hope and a doctor in the know. :)

jel said...

will do :)

and I like that thought!


oh and is your e-mail working?

eija said...

Jammie said exactly what I was thinking: Maybe this turns out to be a good thing and Leo gets a better doctor than the previous one!

Praying so.

Saija said...

jeanette ... yes, it's the multipe interviews and the "please hurry and fill this LIST meds before they run out ... " type of situation ... leo and i keep encouraging each other with reminders of the many unexpected answers to prayer that have recently met the obstacles in our walk ... so we're hoping that this obstacle turns into "a good thing" like you said ... thanks for the prayer!

jel ... thank you! ... and yes, my e-mail is working: saija_p@yahoo.com ... :o)

eija ... that's what i was hoping too - that leo gets a doctor who may be more informed ... thank you for praying!

Maureen said...

Saija,
I'm so sorry Leo lost his doctor; I thought ethically doctors had a responsibility to refer their regular patients to a new physician? I guess I was wrong. I will keep Leo in my prayers for finding another M.D.
Love,
Maureen

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I know what you mean, Saija. One of Roger's docs (not for his pain, though) had to give up his practice a few months back. He has cancer; so sad. Fortunately one of the other partners took over Roger's care.

It can be scary for sure. Your friend shared a very encouraging thought.

Praying for you guys.

PT2006 said...

A new doctor can be a scary experience, thank God you have the comfort and leading of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Doctors typically do not take a lot of time w/patients any more. Stress to the new doctor that giving a thorough history of problems/treatments is very important to you. If the doc sits and listens to your story w/few interruptions, if he says he needs some time to review all prior medical records, if he does NOT try to give you a quick fix, then he just might be worth trying out.

I will be praying for you on Thursday. My husband has a doctor's appointment that day too. Praying will be a fruitful way to spend the time in the waiting room.

Badoozie said...

oh boy...i know how hard that is, having worked for a family practitioner, when he took over for a retired doc, he weeded out all the chronic pain pt's, just didn't want to deal with the implications of all that sort of thing. personally i think it's pretty chicken to dump on people, but thats just me! i will sure be hoping for him, that they hit it off and this new guy will be helpful.

Elizabeth said...

Wishing you the best in finding a good one! We have not had an easy time finding one to really "fit" us either. Being sick right now, guess I have to go back to the regular guy tomorrow. Sigh...oh well, could be worse. Blessings on your search!!

Terry said...

Good morning Saija!
I am glad that I had a little time to drop in before I have to hurry into work.
I will be praying along the highway as I drive. Thirty miles worth!!
Hoping to hear the best when I return that Leo has a doctor!!... surely the Great Physician will be working on this!...Love Terry

Saija said...

maureen ... ethically i think do too ... but? i guess they have a right to refuse a patient if their practise is too large - i think that is what may have happened ...

gayla ... i went to bed at 9 last night, after becoming grumpy ... i figured i was overtired with the "doing" again ... i need to learn and learn and learn to LEAVE it with the Lord ... now it is early a.m., the road condidtions for our 25 mile drive are "poor driving conditions" because of drifting snow ... ? ... whatcha gonna do eh ... fight the good fight, i guess!

pt ... thank you for that ... i'm just hoping that this young doctor is eager to learn about chronic pain cases - leo's would be a great case study ... your prayer is so very much appreciated!

susie ... i've worked for physicians too - and i know how leary they are to trust anyone with a story ... usually chronic pain patients mean paperwork!

elizabeth ... thank you, hope you are feeling better soon!

jel said...

Will be thinking about you 2 today!
(Thur) :) smile


huggs

Anonymous said...

I'll praying for you and Leo and the new doc today!

I love the quote!!!!

I needed that so desperately today. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I'm praying that this will turn into a blessing for you. I know it's tough going through the process though, and very scary for you folks. Love and Prayers...

Saija said...

terry ... answered prayer!!! ... thank you for your 30 miles of praying ... we sooo appreciated it!! :o)

jel ... we have a new doctor and we are soooo thankful! :o)

tina ... thank you - dealing with doctors like you guys have, too - well it is always an unknown ... and scary for us - but we are so thankful to have someone who wasn't afraid to take leo on! YAY!

antbk ... it did indeed turn into a blessing ... time and time again, God shows us that He loves us, and He takes care of us ... soooo humbling ... and yet such a heavenly hug ... :o) blessings to you!