I booked surgery with the 2nd surgeon for July 3. Unfortunately it means waiting another 6 days but I think this is the right decision. I did request the pediatric floor. The office manager said it shouldn't be a problem. I contacted our insurance company to let them know we were switching surgeons so they could start a claim. I spoke with the 1st surgeon's office and explained that although we thought the world of the doctor (and would recommend him, we felt the other surgeon was better suited to Bratcat). The office manager there was wonderful and made me feel comfortable with our decision (I hate ruffling feathers).
Charlotte, even though Bratcat is currently healthy (or at least almost in remission) we are trying to plan surgery at the early part of the summer so she can recuperate before school starts. It would have been great to find a surgeon that would do it laproscopically but even though this isn't emergency surgery, we felt we were trying to beat the clock, so to speak. I am sure at some point I will be saying "Why did I allow this?" and have those would have, could have, should have talks with myself.
So my new concern is that the surgery is Thursday, July 3 and the doctor will be away Friday, Saturday, Sunday. He has 3 associates in his office (we have not met). But while we were in consultation with him, we saw the interaction between the doctors. Another doctor (not with the group) called from surgery needing help. Between the 4 doctors, a decision was made about who would go. It was very professional and took just a few minutes before one of the doctors was out the door to the hospital. For some reason, even though the surgeon will be away in the beginning, I feel comfortable. Could it be ignorance? Delusion? Intuition? Who knows.
--Mom of bratcat (17 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Asacol - 4 pills/3Xday, 15 mg prednisone, Remicade
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa. 9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortisone enemas. 9/30/07--added prednisone. 10/31--started 6-mp, stopped the enemas. Started lowering prednisone. 3/08-another flare!