When my youngest son was 15-months old, he became very ill with a rare condition,that baffled the doctors. Six nerve-wracking days passed, with many calls to the pediatrician’s office and one emergency room visit, before he was properly diagnosed and underwent emergency surgery. The story of this experience was one of five winners in the 31 Hours parents’ intuition contest: http://bit.ly/36V3CK
Although it has been over 13 years since this event took place, and my son made a complete recovery following surgery, I wanted to tell the story, not in an attempt to bash the medical professionals who failed to recognize the seriousness of the situation, but to encourage parents to continue to advocate for their children when their intuition tells them that something is seriously wrong, even if it means seeking out a different medical provider. I will always be grateful for the pediatric ENT on call, who took the time to listen to my concerns, took stock of the situation, promptly and accurately diagnosed this infrequently occurring condition, and put our son on the path to recovery. Without this doctor’s expertise, I don’t even like to think about what might have happened that day. Luckily, all’s well that ends well!