Statist DoctorsSubmitted by Luv-n-liberty on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 09:59
Maybe someone can tell me what in the world is going on! Not too long ago I commented on another post about my 12 y.o. daughter who has Type 1 diabetes and the heavy-handedness of her pediatric endocrinologist. I especially had been appalled at the obvious bias against homeschooling that I had seen at this particular clinic (a large one in our mostly rural part of the state). Here's what I had related:
"My daughter is a Type 1 diabetic and has been seeing a pediatric endo. for about three years. The doctor is very young - and, well should we say "zealous" for doing things strictly by the book. She's always seemed a little heavy-handed to me - compared to our very laid-back, family doctor who practices alternative medicine.
Anyway, this last appt. with the endocrinologist was awful! My daughter's blood sugars had been a little on the high side since the previous visit and this woman starts 'suggesting things' to my daughter as reasons for that. For example, here's just a few of the things she said, '_______, you seem a little depressed to me. Is that because you're homeschooled?' 'Do you think if you were in the public school you would have better blood sugars?' 'I really think you should see one of our counselors here at the clinic.' Now, mind you - there was nothing wrong with my daughter other than a couple months of slightly above-average blood sugars! No signs of depression - nothing! So then, at the end of the appt., the doctor turned to me and said that she 'insists' that I get counseling for my daughter. She actually said, 'No, really - you don't have a choice. I want to hear by the next appointment that ________ has been seeing someone.'"
Now this morning I received an email from a friend whose homeschooled daughter was just diagnosed with Turner's Syndrome. They are devastated because of the severity of the diagnosis. Yesterday she and her husband saw the geneticist. Mind you, this doctor is at the same clinic as the endocrinologist I mentioned.:
"The genetic doctor discussed with us possible learning disabilities that girls with this syndrome face. I explained to her that I am a licensed teacher and also licensed to do academic grade level testing through Stanford and Iowa tests. I was in such a fog/shock that I wasn't processing well but she told me I wasn't qualified for testing E. and gave me sixty to ninety days to take her to public school to have a complete IQ and grade level tests. I responded that we are facing enough right now without her being tested and told her that it isn't until the third grade that testing is accurate because of the neurological development. She shook her head as if I was crazy and told me that a social worker would be calling me and also that she would have the counselor in their department contact me. I was really in no emotional state to argue with her. But we've had time to talk about things and I realized that she had written it on my paper work that I was to have a letter written to the public schools and evaluation done within 60-90 days. She also told me that (certain district) schools were award-winning schools and E. would do better if she could receive appropriate education and services. Right now, E. has zero disabilities other than lagging behind in Math, which is part of the chromosome syndrome and spatial learning."
I am just stunned once again! These statist doctors are nothing more than (government?) bullies who want to tell us what to do with our kids. Mind you, my friend and her husband, who is very successful in his career and well-respected in the community, are GREAT parents to their four children. Now I'm wondering if there is a push by the government to use medical issues as an excuse to get their hands on our children? Has anyone else heard of this or experienced stuff like this? What's going on?!