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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

It's the little things in life

The Boy had an appointment today with his new psychopharmacologist. We've been waiting for months to see this guy, and now I understand why. What a great guy! We liked him so much, and we haven't seen a psychiatrist we have liked since Julie Low, the world's best child psych. Things that impressed me about this new doctor:

  • He read the rather large chart (an inch thick at least) from top to bottom and he knew pretty much everything about the Boy since he was in second grade.
  • He seemed to understand certain things that I always thought were obvious, but evidentally aren't obvious to everyone. Like that sarcasm is a lifestyle for Jewish families.
  • He quoted Moliere, Monty Python, Dianna Wynne Jones, and Mel Brooks which of course says to me that he's 'one of us' in that he has a wicked sense of the absurd, a well defined sense of humor, and was well read and knows his movies. We both liked that a lot.
  • He listened to the Boy, and asked him questions that were thought-provoking and yet relevant.
  • He listened to me, too.
  • He's willing to consider alternative medications if we want to make some changes up the road.
  • He obviously likes kids, talked about his own family a bit, and really seemed to "Get" the Boy, something very few people really do.
  • And best of all, he had all sorts of hershey's kisses in every flavor imaginable, and he gave them out at the end of the session.

But the reason the Boy really liked him? He gave the Boy pens from the drug reps. Pens of every one of his meds. So the Boy now has a complete collection of every med he's ever been on. It doesn't seem like much to me, but to the Boy, it's those little things that make him happy.
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Anonymous Sheryl said...

You know, when someone in the medical profession takes time to do a thorough and caring job, it just makes a world of difference!

24/1/06 6:55 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Ditto what Sheryl said... glad you found someone who is good like that. And anyone who quotes Monty Python is ok in my book!

25/1/06 1:16 AM  

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