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I have a chance to move to Cincinnati in December (maybe earlier if student teaching can't work around all of Danny's dr appts...) to a 3 br, 1.5 ba, 2 car garage, full finished basement, all hard floors, large yard, etc that I would pay the property taxes, utilities, insurance, and any extras I want and be able to live there with Danny. With Danny's asthma the floors are the best part. The hardest part of my decision and literally the only thing keeping me pretty much glued to the fence is that Danny's allergy asthma doc has been a Godsend... He has followed Danny's allergies and lungs since he was less than a year old and knows Danny inside and out. Danny is on the max of so many meds and most doctors look at me like I am crazy when I tell them he doesn't see a pulmonologist until I tell them our doctor's name...then they get it and are fine because this doc is just that good. If we call overnight with a breathing problem we not only have a protocol but steroids at home and a doctor that knows how bad he gets and how fast he gets that bad. The best part is that Danny is almost always better during the day and sounds completely fine during most of the day as long as we catch things early. Things are always worse at night...a LOT worse. He knows that and takes me at my word and treats Danny accordingly. He has also learned Danny's patterns. Danny has a rescue inhaler at least 2x daily just to keep him at a normal functioning level regularly. So basically if we aren't proactive with his breathing he would wind up in the hospital and on oxygen really fast... My biggest fear with moving is transitioning to a doc that just doesn't understand that. If I call and ask for a steroid script (assuming they won't give us at home steroids off the bat) and they say wait until they can check him in the morning...we will be in the hospital before morning... :/ Would you just do as much proactive communication between the current doc and the new doc before you switch or would you seriously consider /decide not to switch? I am leaning toward moving and switching but I am just petrified that things are going to go horribly wrong... November-February are his worst times during the entire year and we will likely move in December...right in the middle of it thus no room for error...
Sorry this is so long but I am not taking this lightly and wanted to give a lot of background in hopes of informed opinions... TIA!
I would be proactive and see the new docs a few times before I make the move. If I could afford the housing I would move closer to Columbus and Jamie's eye doctor. The parts holding me back is money and I love her peditrician.
It sounds like this move would be the best thing for you and Danny overall.
If it were me, I'd do whatever I could to prepare ahead of time and then just pray for the best.
Have you talked to Danny's allergy doc about this possibility? Maybe he could refer you to a doctor he would trust. I know traveling back and forth isn't really an option but phone consults should be possible. In fact I would insist on it. With Danny's needs being as complicated as they are I wouldn't trust that things wouldn't get missed if the new docs are just relying on his written medical records. They need to talk with someone who has expirience caring for him. This allergy doc sounds like a great guy and I'd be suprised if he wouldn't agree to do whatever he could to help you make this switch easier.