Our son was born right on time, so we expected no problems. This was not to be the case. He was with me for two nights before he was rushed off to the NICU. I spent every chance possible sitting by his side, talking to the doctors and nurses. It seemed like every days posed new challenges, and right when we thought he would be coming home, there was a big set back. Multiple x-rays, NG tubes, pulse oximeter… I was becoming very familiar with all sorts of terms. I was thankful that there was no major health issues that kept him in the NICU, but aggravated that if he would have been taken right after he was born, his stay would have been much shorter. I contacted the hospital regarding the lack of care that was provided by the one nurse. The NICU was surprised that it took so long for him to be brought to the NICU. They were shocked at how dehydrated he was before the nurses did anything. I was so grateful for the day we were able to bring him home. I also knew that it would mean several doctor visits before we were in the clear.
I knew that we had a good pediatrician for when we brought him home, but the search began for a good cardiologist. I spoke with the doctors in the NICU and the pediatrician. The cardiologist suggested seemed to be reputable and was the general consensus for a good doctor. I researched his reviews on the internet, I have called and spoken to the office personnel.
My advice for parents out there with a child who is going to need a specialist is to do your research and ask EVERYONE. You can never gather too much information when trying to make an informed decision.
There is nothing more important than providing the best care possible for your child. I feel that it is every parents responsibility to do this for your child.
Hospital for Special Surgery is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. Located in New York City, HSS recently opened the CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center at the Children’s Pavilion providing comprehensive, individualized rehabilitation for both inpatients and outpatients from birth to 21 years. Its multidisciplinary staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.