Wednesday, August 31, 2011


We saw a new ENT today - one who trained under our St. Louis ENT.  Two words: Love him!

It was so refreshing to encounter a physician who completely understands why we travel to SLCH, who understands the deficiencies this City has when it comes to coordination of care for complex kids like Jack, who treated Jack like a human being, and who has a great personality to boot. When he came into the room he said "I finally get to meet you!"  (Apparently, our St. Louis ENT had already told him about Jack with the hopes that one day we'd make an appointment to see him.)  I was almost giddy when I left the office - just knowing that I finally have a local ENT who can take care of acute issues for Jack and not feel like I'm settling when Jack receives care here versus St. Louis.  He did a flexible scope in the office and didn't see any granulation tissue and, in fact, he said Jack's airway looks great. Jack hasn't had any more episodes since the last one, so who knows what the issue was.  I think Jack just likes to keep us on our toes.

A relevant fact for the day:

The Phoenix metropolitan area has a population of over 4 million people, yet has only three pediatric ENTs in the entire valley.  There are a lot of ENTs who see both kids and adults, but there are only three who care solely for kids. (One who trained under Jack's St. Louis ENT, one who trained under the airway guru, Dr. Robin Cotton and one who saw the need and was the first pediatric ENT to set up shop here).  That, my friends, is a problem.

In any event, today goes down as a good day!


Susan said...

FANTASTIC day, I'd say! I'm glad the episodes have stopped.

bettyd said...

Glad that you have found a doctor that you are comfortable with! Also glad that Jack's issue resolved itself, however that happened.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you found someone who might work out closer to home. I just caught up on your last 4 posts. Maybe one day we will arrange running/walking a half together.


The Marangella Family said...

Oh Ann, I am in the middle of writing the same post about a cardiologist we just found. Sometimes life is good and we don't have to deal with morons....