John and I were both wondering this morning, why can't doctors be as awesome as vets??
I mean, this guy's job includes sticking a thermometer up my pup's butt, and yet he makes sure to personally call me the next day to tell me everything is okay and what things I should watch for in her health. The 10 minute voicemail ends with "I'm not in the office now, but I'll be there from 2-4 if you'd like to call me back to talk more." Oh, wait, you called me the day after our visit, and you aren't even at work?
This is the second vet we've seen at the clinic up the street from us. It was our first try at a clinic, and they have both been incredible!
Meanwhile, I've been looking for a doctor for several years now. Since Dr. Curtis moved on from seeing patients regularly, I have seen 3 or 4 different doctors. And all of them have left me pretty dramatically unhappy. The first left me a voicemail telling me she was going to put me on a medication that I'd need to stay on for the rest of my life - she left this in a voicemail! After my first time ever seeing her! Um, sorry. Come again? Did you say potential "auto-immune disease"? Yeah, that would be cool to tell me in a real conversation - not after the tone. Not before you even can remember my name. Nope.
But back to the vets - they are amazing! We love them!
And my dentist? If I've gone on about my dentist once, I've done it a couple dozen times. He's the absolute best!
So was Dr. Curtis - who had been my doctor from my first breath of air until about 26! But finding another with his knowledge, kindness and overall considerate approach to involving the patient in the decision making - that has been a sadly long journey.