So I decided to start on a search for a new pediatrician. I really need a pediatrician that is going to be more proactive and confident in Logan’s care (as well as an office that doesn’t routinely put me on hold for over an hour….) I also decided that I would search out a private practice. Private practices are a rare thing here in Northeast Ohio because we have 2 huge hospital systems (The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital’s) that buy up all the practices around. I do however think that a private practice could possible give Logan better care (Doctor’s don’t get bogged down with rules, paper work, protocol, politics ect…) So my search began….and ended very soon. There are hardly ANY private practices anymore. Crazy. Anyway, I called and spoke with a bunch of pediatricians on the phone. My search ended when I was telling a pediatrician that Logan is about as complicated of a kid as you can get. His response ‘Thats okay I just wrote the book on that.’ Hahahaha I laughed and said ‘yeah I wish’ and he replied with ‘No, I am serious I just co-authored a book with the American Academy of Pediatrics about how to care for complex children.’… So did I just hit the lottery or what???
Long story short Logan and I met with Dr. Lavin last Friday.
He walked into the room with this sheet of paper! See the title The Logan Spyker Team!!! I about fell out of my chair. Getting good coordinated care is like the holy grail for families with complex children. He said that he would like to set up a conference call with al lthe specialists to put a big picture plan together for Logan. What??? Are you kidding me, was all I could think? He had even taken the liberty of calling Dr. Patel ahead of time to get more information about Logan. I got to tell you I was just in complete shock. He had already ‘taken the liberty’ of calling other specialists that he knows of to find out if they knew anything about Logan’s condition.
He spent 2 hours taking Logan’s history down (It is crazy that a 10 mo. old can have a 2 hour history to be begin with but that is a whole other post.) He was very thoughtful and knowledgeable and I feel MUCH more confident in his ability to look after Logan. He was completely floored by everything we have been thru. When I told him about Dr. Del Nido having to reoperate bedside because Logan was crashing, he kept asking ‘wait this was just a months or so ago?’ I kept saying ‘yes’ this is what we went thru about 6 weeks ago and he just couldn’t believe it.
He didn’t do any real exam of Logan we just talked. But he listened, he was amazed, and he seemed like he could really help us. Thank you Dr. Lavin!
That was last Fri., yesterday (Tues.) we met with the pediatric gastroenterologist at the Cleveland Clinic. But that is is a whole other story for a separate post. I will post that update tomorrow.