I took Kyle to the doctor today for his four-year-old appointment. All is well. He's grown quite a bit in the last year, but is still firmly in the 50th percentile in height and weight.
She said the same thing I remember her saying last year: "He has just the right number of scrapes and bruises on his legs. That means he's staying active!" I love that about her. She's a mom of four kids who are all in school. She knows how it is. That's why I feel that I can trust her recommendations in other areas.
I asked her about poison ivy, because he's already had it once this year and had it a couple of times last year. She said to wash it well and keep it covered to keep it from getting infected from scratching, which is what I've been doing.
I asked her about his lisp, which is pronounced on the esses, especially at the end of a word. She said that he could be tested, but probably wouldn't be covered through the schools, because it doesn't affect the ability to understand him. She said we could work with private speech therapists. I was actually kind of surprised to hear her say this. I asked her if I could keep working with him at home, and she said that was a good idea if that's what I wanted to do. I wonder if she gave me that option because she thought I was worried about it and wanted additional intervention? Do any of your kids have lisps? Did they outgrow them or did you work with them or send them to speech therapy?
She listened to his cough (our well-child visit happened to coincide with his nasty summer cough), and confirmed what I've always known--coughs last forever (it could take 2 weeks to go away).
I always love watching my kids on the exam table. They both get so still and serious and compliant. However, Kyle did have to have 4 vaccines, and they really hurt. I've never been one who got overly concerned about my babies crying with vaccines, but with these (especially numbers two and three, probably the worst ones were stuck in the middle), he said, "Ow, ow," as tears filled his eyes when he was trying to be brave. I also loved the way the doctor administered them. I was seated in the chair, and she had him straddling me and giving me a big hug, while she gave two in each arm.
What do you like about your doctor?