May 16, 2014

YES, HE'S OUTGROWN A PERSONAL PHYSICIAN (self-reference alert):

Has Your Child Outgrown the Pediatrician? (Lisa Esposito May 15, 2014, US NEWS)

As your kids get older, you've probably considered whether it's time to move on from the pediatrician who's taken care of them all their lives.

And teens - coping with hormonal changes, or seeking treatment for a tattoo-related infection, or in need of counseling about birth control or an eating disorder - might be feeling out of place in a waiting room where toddlers clamber on the furniture and moms coo to babies on their laps.

If you're trying to figure out the right age or moment for your kid to move on from the pediatrician, "the answer is, that depends," says Cora Breuner,a professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington.

In my early twenties, I broke a car windshield with my head and got stitched up in the emergency room.  But it was back in the days of cloth stitches and they wouldn't take them out a few weeks later.  So I called my pediatrician and begged him to do it.  

The nurse led me into the examination room and I hopped up on the table.  The doc came in and he would have needed a hook and ladder to reach my head.  

Me: "You used to be a whole lot bigger."

Him: "You used to be 10!"
Posted by at May 16, 2014 7:03 PM
  
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