Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rate Your Doctors

So all was good with life for a while. Then last week our daughter suddenly took sick...messing up all her travel and study plans. She came down with high fevers, extreme pain, and shakes and chills like I never saw before, lasting a half hour at a time, a few times a day. Our 14 year old cat, Sushi, took up permanent watch over her. Never left her side.

M is doing better now, and since yesterday, seems to be recovered, or recovering, but we will get her checked out with a lab tomorrow to make sure. We thought maybe she had appendicitus, but it turned out to be a kidney infection, something we had never dealt with before. It was very serious.

Which brings to mind what is important..nothing more important than good health. Not all the money in the world, adventures, entertainment, exercise, reading, job, hobbies, learning, material things - but when someone you love is sick, the world takes a new direction for you..makes everything stop or get secondary attention. And being a mom, it makes your mission to do one this child get better. Even when said child is an adult.

And this all probably wouldn't have been a happy story if it weren't for the availability of a good doctor. With all the consumerism and limitations for personal choice of physicians, insurances, and clinics, in times of stress and need, limited hours, and insurance restrictions, its a difficult road to travel at times. Especially hard to even think about when someone is sick and needs immediate care.

Luckily, we were introduced by friends to a fine doctor who has extended hours and a walk in clinic, just a few miles from our home. He not only has extended hours without an appointment necessary- 6 days a week, 9am-7pm, he asks the right questions, and has a lab in his office where he runs tests for a array of illnesses. (Call me for his name and number if you need him. Rockville/North Potomac, MD.)

So here is the point..before you get sick, or from your experiences from when you and your loved ones were or are sick, who are the doctors that you recommend? Us being in real estate, we get most of our business from referrals, maybe 80+ percent. People even rate car repair shops on the web. But what is more important than going to doctors that you trust and are knowledgible, kind, caring, and on the mark?

I hope that you will take the time to rate your physicians so others may benefit from your experiences, and do it too, so that you are a stranger to offer a kindness to others, remotely in this manner, to send them in the right direction in their times of need. Alternately, to steer people away from those who are not much of a help in those times.

There are two good sites for rating your physicians:

I hope you will take the time to do an act of the kindness of strangers to others in need.

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