I 100% Love this MD …

Rheumatologist number two is the winner. He is fantastic! And I am so grateful to have a caring and knowledgable doctor in my corner. Here’s why I think he’s so great:

1. The appointment started in his office, then moved to the exam room later. (Previous Rheumy kept me in hospital gown and on exam table where my feet didn’t touch the ground for entire appointment!)
2. He spent a solid hour with me.
3. He answered every question without condescending and with just enough detail.
4. He was so careful about the physical exam – both by being thorough and by making sure he didn’t hurt me.
5. He seemed to enjoy showing me the details from my hand & foot xrays.
6. I asked for two more tests – one blood test (for celiac) and one x-rays of my knees. He agreed 100% with both ideas.
7. He seemed to expect me to participate in decisions regarding meds and treatment plans. Normally I have to push for that. Happy to be on the same wavelength!
8. I like that he seems to be a bit of a rebel.
9. I love that he understood how important my career is to me, and encouraged me to continue.

However, I am concerned about what seem to be a couple of downsides.

1. DMARDs (Plaquenil) have begun, since we now have definitive diagnosis based on x-rays and additional blood tests. He downplayed the possibility of any eye-related toxicity. But instead, I wish he would have sent me to an opthamologist for baseline field of vision tests. This means I will have to stay on top of side effects and options with a lot of detail, although I suspect I would have done that anyway. I’m planning to call his office and ask for an order since I already made the opthamologist appointment.

2. He’s older than me, which means at some point he will stop practicing. But I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it …

Bottom line … I’m happy. So far, so good!

3 Comments

  1. NoDramaMama
    Dec 6, 2009

    I am curious as to where this rheumy is because he sounds alot like MY rheumy!

  2. thislusciousra
    Dec 6, 2009

    Wouldn’t that be funny if they were the same person! I am so happy that you feel the same way about your Rheumy, no matter what! ;->

  3. tmari76
    Dec 8, 2009

    I LOVE my rheumy…he’s EXACTLY as you mentioned above. No matter how many times I have called his office with crazy questions, or problems with my medication, they are always kind and understanding. I can’t imagine where I would be right now if it weren’t for him and his office staff…probably not working and not able to get out of bed. :) Glad you found a good one, too!!

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