Thursday, September 27, 2007

Our Pediatrician is Retiring

After being with our pediatrician for almost 15 years he is finally retiring. We found out yesterday when we brought TinyToddler in for a 2 year checkup. After examining him he broke the news to us. I don't know why but my eyes filled up with tears and I hugged him and wished him well.

This doctor has been with us since the day that my first child was born and I have been really loyal rarely agreeing to have any 4 of my kids be examined by anyone but him. I guess that was why I was so saddened by the news of him leaving. I feel that I could always depend on his answers and his references. He was always so good about referring any of the kids to specialists...always erring on the side of caution.

He was the one who told us to take our little princess to see a genetist because he was afraid she might have neurofibromatosis. It turns out that she did have it but since there are no tests for it I felt that his intuition proved worthy of attention.

He referred my oldest teen to an endocrinologist because of his suspected growth stoppage and was concerned that he might have a deeper problem. It turns out that his bone and hormone growth is a couple of years behind his chronological age so we don't have to worry just yet. He still has a lot of growing to do.

He caught my pre-teen's inguinal hernia when he was 7 years old and we promptly had it fixed.

He helped bandage up my oldest when he broke his arm 5 years ago.

He has been on hand for many ear infections, viruses, colds, and checkups. I have come to regard Dr. Cohen as a dear and loving friend of the family and I will miss him dearly. The practice just won't be the same without him.

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