05 November 2010

I'm Thankful #5 - My Doctors

When Billy and I decided we were ready to have a baby, I never in a million years imagined we'd have troubles. Even though I know more couples who have had trouble than who haven't, I didn't think it would happen to us. Silly me.

We took the first year in stride, but then came the tests. The God-awful tests, including a hysterosalpingogram, a test I will never take again.

Despite being a really nice guy, my OBGYN didn't know what my dealio was, so I switched to Dr. Karnitis at the Fertility Center of Northwest Ohio. A quick look at my test results and Dr. Karnitis had a diagnosis and a plan - which worked!

After Dr. Karnitis was confident that the baby and I were going to be OK, he recommended that we switch to Dr. Bishop at Sunforest OBGYN Associates. From the first appointment, Dr. Bishop and I clicked; if he told me to jump off a bridge, I might have.

My pregnancy went great at first. But around month 7, I started having some issues. Dr. Bishop started getting concerned. Weekly, then twice-weekly non-stress tests were scheduled. Then bed rest. Then he sent me to the hospital for testing. Then I was induced, 3 weeks and 1 day early.

I was nervous, of course, but except for one night, never really scared. I knew that Dr. Bishop knew his stuff; Baby B. and I were in good hands. I owe both of these men a lifetime of my special M&M cookies.


Written Permission said...

You know, the value of quality physicians that *you feel comfortable with* cannot be overstated. I've gone to so many doctors who just came in, looked at my chart, made a few declarations and then left again, all without making eye contact and not caring one iota about making me feel safe and understood. I've been on a recent lucky streak with finding great ones, and WOW, does it make an amazing difference! It's sad that doctors aren't forced to pass some kind of bedside manner test before they start practicing.

Gerry said...

I am thankful for those doctors too as now I have a wonderful beautiful grandson!!