(This is a follow-up to the Snowball Appointments post)
The orthopedist was terrific – once we got through the layers of bureaucracy to actually see him. He looked at the written history I provided, asked us questions, said that he thought that whatever is going on is outside his area of expertise, examined my daughter, and agreed with me that there is something very wrong. But it’s outside his area of expertise.
He thinks my child needs a rheumatologist. Even though we’ve already seen a rheumatologist and had a workup, he thinks that’s what we need. He will fax all our information to the medical school tomorrow and ask their pediatric rheumatology department to take a look. They will look everything over and decide whether or not they think they can help us.
It’s nice that we don’t have to go in for yet another appointment unless they think there’s something they can do. It is not nice to have my daughter feel like a ping-pong ball.
In addition to the tentative referral for a pediatric rheumatologist, we have a definite referral for physical therapy. The kid hates obtaining medical care, and is supposed to go to PT twice a week for the next six weeks.