At nine months old, we were escorted back to an isolated hospital room following a scan that utilized sedation to find Kelsey in the arms of a new doctor wearing her yellow hazmat-style shielding. She rocked Kelsey in her arms and an immediate connection was made.
This doctor was one who would work with us for the next (almost) decade. She became a role model to Kelsey, a comfort source when in pain, and a trusted ear for her parents. Words cannot express the gratitude a family feels when in the care of a trusted doctor for the child and the family.
Last week, the call we have anticipated arrived.
As Kelsey approaches her ninth birthday, this incredible doctor moves on in her career. She will no longer provide care to Kelsey.
Nine years have taught our family that having an advocate who will call you on the weekend, meet you late in the ER and arrange a 10:00 PM biopsy, and HEAR you are a true gift. Our family was blessed for nine years with such care.
Tonight, we met our new provider as Kelsey begins a few subtle signs of worry and concern. We are hopeful for a continued level of care from this doctor. In his own words, “I can see I have big shoes to fill.” Though in reality, the shoe size was small, the sentiment rings true.