A year or so ago, I was sitting in some doctor's office and picked up a magazine. It was something local, and had a big long feature of the top ten doctors in the Louisville area. There was one featured as being the top Child Psychiatrist here in town: Dr. Peters. I remember thinking "yeah, right! Like, we'll ever get to see him." He looked young, with surfer-dude hair and that certain je ne sais quois air of confidence. I read the article. I might have said a little prayer.
It never occurred to me to try to get in to see him specifically. What hope was there after all? At the time I was not familiar enough with Louisville to remember the clinic...or perhaps we couldn't get in because the clinic was out of network. At any rate, I set the thought aside.
Today was Bethany's appointment at Bingham Clinic. I'd had Bethany write up in her own words what she's been experiencing. I also wrote up what we'd been observing. Observing...HA! I wrote up her medication history. I came prepared. Wes even took part of the afternoon off and came with us. It was nice not to be the only grown up.
Long story short: The visit went really well. A nice young woman doctor interviewed us for more than an hour. She asked lots of questions, took lots of notes and even had some one-on-one interview time with Bethany. It was good for me not to be there as a buffer. At the end, she asked us a few more questions, and then she said she'd go talk to the supervising doctor.
A few minutes later, she comes back in with Dr. Peters. I about fell out of my chair. It was the guy from the magazine article! I remembered the hair, and there it was! He spoke with us and said the words I really wanted to hear: We are going to perform a whole new battery of testing on her to get a clearer picture of what her symptom picture is.
Extensive psych testing! Glory to God! This is exactly what she needs, and not the half-baked damage control "lets throw some meds at this and see what happens" crapshot approach we've been dealing with.
And there will be cognitive therapy. That's also going to be part of the picture. Her meds have been adjusted and I hope things go better for her...and for us.
And after Dr. Peters left the room, just as we were getting ready to leave, B had one of her spasmy twitching arm/leg jerking episodes. The doctor looked at it and said: That's not caused by her medications. That's different.
So, the "weirdo seizure-like things" will get investigated, too.
Now, please pray to God that our insurance company does not go back on their word, and that they will cover this clinic and these doctors.
Thank you dear blog readers for all your prayers and support. I've really felt it, both on-line and in person.