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Sealy
8th July 2005, 07:04 PM
:cry: :( :cry: :( :cry: :( :cry: :( :cry: :( :cry:

I just found out that our ortho is leaving Sick Kids and going to Edmonton, Alberta !!!!! I am so sad :cry: :(





Sealy

titch
8th July 2005, 07:06 PM
:hug: That's horrible news :( Hope the replacement is a good one.

Jonny
8th July 2005, 07:06 PM
Oh, that's such a shame - he's been really good for Deirdre hasn't he! Do you know what's happening now? Will he be replaced and you put onto the replacement's list, or will you go after him? Do you know who his replacement will be yet?

Sealy
8th July 2005, 07:30 PM
They haven't had a chance to hire his replacement yet. It's funny how you develop a bond with a doctor, they may not feel the same - for many it's just a job. Deirdre has done so well with Dr. Hedden and I strongly feel that with any other doctor, she would have had spinal fusion by now. Edmonton, Alberta is clear across Canada - thousands of miles away. Dr. Rivard in Montreal is about 5 hours by train. I've scheduled an appointment to see him regarding the SpineCor brace, so maybe he will be her doctor. I really admire his work and his philosophy, it's just that a five hour trip each way is a bit much. I would have preferred to continue with Dr. Hedden. I'm glad he didn't choose to leave two years ago when Deirdre was still in the thick of things. There are not many doctors out there as wonderful and talented as Dr. Hedden. He will be sadly missed. :-( It didn't hurt that he was also quite handsome :-D



Sealy

BeckyH
8th July 2005, 08:05 PM
Originally posted by Jonny@Jul 8 2005, 05:06 PM
will you go after him?
saddle the horses, load the wagon and head for the hills, climb every mountain, ford every stream and follow your good looking doc :D wish mine was good looking. oh well, at least he's good

in all seriousness, i hope your new one is even better (looking :D) and that you continue to get the treatment you want and deserve :squeeze:

tonibunny
8th July 2005, 08:08 PM
What a shame about the ortho, I hope the replacement will be just as good.

Why do you feel that Deirdre would have been fused by now with another doctor, Sealy? Is it normal practice in Canada to fuse young children? That has never been the case in the UK - after all, my curves were more severe than Deidre's are, and they managed mine with bodycasts and braces years and years ago! In all my time growing up with treatment in Stanmore, I've never seen a child with anything other than a truly massive curve go through surgery. I could imagine someone might suggest growing rods for Dierdre, but not fusion.

Sealy
8th July 2005, 08:10 PM
Good looking orthopaedic surgeons are hard to come by :cry: BUT seriously.....he's a fantastic doctor, look at the results.



Sealy

Sealy
8th July 2005, 08:22 PM
Toni,

The reason I say she may have been fused by now, is based on what I've read on the internet and support groups in general. I think Deirdre was VERY lucky to get a someone like Dr. Hedden who was willing to cast her immediately.



Sealy

tonibunny
8th July 2005, 09:17 PM
It always amazes me how much treatment differs between different countries. I know of a little 6 year old chap who has 2 150 degree curves and even he hasn't been fused - he's at Stanmore being treated with growing rods. It's so difficult to understand that children in other 1st world countries can't get the same brilliant scoliosis care that children here do! Mind boggling :(

newgirl
8th July 2005, 09:35 PM
Sealy,
that is a pity he is leaving, especially when you and Deirdre have built up such a good relationship with him. Personally I would take a watch and see approach with regard to his replacement. You never know they could take on someone who is very forward thinking and would work with you with regard to Deirdre's future bracing. Otherwise you always have the back up of Dr. Rivard.
Is Dr Hedden leaving before Deirdre is going to be fitted for her brace?
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Sealy
8th July 2005, 10:30 PM
Nicola,

That's a great plan ! I'll just sit back and see who the replacement is. I'll find out whether he's a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, that's very important ! I had a really good rapport with Dr. Hedden, he was such a great caring doctor and more importantly he LISTENED to me. :-( :cry: I'll never forget him nor forgive him for leaving *sobs*




Sealy

newgirl
8th July 2005, 10:50 PM
Actually Sealy, I think you should be on the selection panel to choose his replacement : :glee: :glee: :glee:
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andrea
9th July 2005, 08:39 AM
Sealy

I'm really sorry to hear this - I know how much you trusted him with Deirdre and it's always difficult to have the same level of trust in someone else. Hopefully his replacement will know the shoes that he has to fill and will therefore try really hard to be as good if not better and listen to his patients and take time to look at the histories.

Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to build up a rapport with any of my consultants due to sabbaticals and the like, although here you rarely see the actual consultant anyway - it's usually the registrar.

Sit tight and fingers crossed.

Andrea

Sealy
12th July 2005, 03:03 PM
Nicola,

You think I could wiggle my way into the selection committee ? :-D I've had a few days to let the information sink in and I've come to the realization that the most important person in Deirdre's treatment is ME, and I have the final decision as to what treatments I allow. I found out on Friday that we have been accepted with the Shriner's in Montreal and I'm waiting for a call. Everything seems so topsy-turvy right now, I know in the long run everything will be fine :-D I'm kind of excited about the SpineCor brace and I know we're in good hands with Dr. Rivard.

Andrea, it's unbelievable that you rarely get to see your doctor ? What is a registrar ?



Sealy

gerbo
12th July 2005, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by Sealy@Jul 12 2005, 01:03 PM
the most important person in Deirdre's treatment is ME, and I have the final decision as to what treatments I allow.

I'm kind of excited about the SpineCor brace and I know we're in good hands with Dr. Rivard.

What is a registrar ?



Sealy
Your last comment (re ME, (i.e.YOU))was exactly what i was going to say, you know you've got your head screwed on the right way, and see what you have achieved up till now

Saying that, it is good to be able to discuss your thoughts, anxieties and idea's with a physician you can trust (and is either handsome or pretty) and those can be hard to come by

You could ask your current consultant whther he would be prepared to advice by email, he must have developped quite an interest in Deirdre I would think.

Registrars; Specialists in training, can be very experienced dedicated and up to date, or just starting and not having a clue.

We have had 3 appointments and seen three different consultants; what happened to the good old and trusted dr-patient relationship

do keep us up to date re spinecor

best wishes

gerbo

Sealy
12th July 2005, 07:26 PM
Guess What ?!

Deirdre is scheduled to have her last cast change next week by Dr. Hedden. They are going to do a mold for the brace, but I told them to hold on to the mold for now until we decide whether she should go into a rigid or flexible brace - it really depends on what happens to the curve when the cast is removed. We would also like to consult with Dr. Rivard and see whether he thinks Deirdre would be a good candidate for the SpineCor and I've also requested Dr. Hedden's opinions on this.

I plan to go shopping over the weekend and get Deirdre her very first swimsuit and take her swimming once the cast comes off. :clap: It will be the very first time in her life that she's gone swimming - kind of sad, huh ? :-(


Gerbo,

Are you telling me there is no doctor/patient relationship in the U.K. ?




Sealy

Jonny
12th July 2005, 09:37 PM
Speaking as a patient, there is generally a good potential to form them but it depends a lot on the doctor, naturally. There can be.

Sealy
13th July 2005, 02:45 PM
I should have said the most important person in all of this is DEIRDRE. Of course given her age she can't make decisions for herself, so I have to do it. It's not easy being a parent.... :woe:



Sealy

gerbo
13th July 2005, 11:18 PM
Originally posted by Sealy@Jul 12 2005, 05:26 PM



Are you telling me there is no doctor/patient relationship in the U.K. ?





there should be and hopefully often there is, but in our case, with three consultants on three visits, it has been a bit hard to build one.

well, to be honest, we haven't got a particularly good one yet. But then it doesn't help that we ask questions and want to be involved.

Obviously we could always choose to become private patients, relationship is likely to build very quickly then.

Still, i am sure that many amongst us are perfectly happy with the relationship they have with their doctor

gerbo