A couple weeks ago we met a new doctor.
The one that I didn't want to meet.
The one that I wanted to cancel the appointment with all day.
The one that I already hated in my head
The dreaded gastro doctor - Dr. G
Turns out he's kinda cool. :)
Ok maybe cool doesn't describe him well, but I walked out of there finding myself "comfortable" with the information he gave me. Not that I'm saying I am thrilled to get Daniel a feeding tube, but more comfortable with the decision that WHEN it comes time, I'm not confused. I'm not as scared.
But saying that.....the decision is still, we are NOT getting the feeding tube until it is absolutely necessary for Daniel. If he becomes stressed with the eating, or he isn't enjoying the pleasure of eating, or it becomes too much for him in any way. Such as losing weight, continual sickness, hospitalization- Then we will get a feeding tube.
Currently he is 44 inches tall, 43 lbs at 4 1/2 yrs old. Pretty good stats.
Falls in the 50 percentile for weight. Dr. G said he "applauds us" for how well we are doing with the weight, that he walked in thinking we must already have a feeding tube because his weight is so good.
He never said we NEED to have one now, he didn't push us into scheduling it like some doctors tend to do. He simply explained how it was done, the options, and then he said what stuck with me.
Basically in a nutshell he said something like
It's not natural to have a feeding tube, and it sucks to have to get it, and you don't have to use it all the time. Its like an insurance policy...you hate to have the monthly payments, but when it comes in handy, when you really need it, you're thankful you have it.
He spent a lot of time with us, he talked to Daniel too. Answered my endless list of questions and didn't rush us. To me those are good signs of a good doctor.