[Parentsgroup-list] Holyoke Peds Re: Parentsgroup-list Digest, Vol 733, Issue 4

Alexander Macalalad amacalal at hsph.harvard.edu
Wed Jan 5 09:51:51 EST 2011

There are other options for student parents in Massachusetts -- I think 
many would qualify for Mass Health.  We met income requirements and had 
no copays, no premiums, and our pick of pediatricians convenient to 
where we live.


On 1/4/2011 7:39 PM, Griffin, April Marie wrote:
> Regarding Dr Dorrell... The first few visits I felt she was not confident and was constantly checking her list of things to ask and seemed a little absent.  While she is quick in giving referrals to see specialists, I personally don't feel that comfortable with her.  She is a sensitive person (I didn't say doctor), but she can seem dismissive and sometimes it seems like she has her hand on the door to leave too soon. She has referred him to specialists which have been helpful sometimes, but I feel I've paid too many co-pays to specialists (Children's hospital) that weren't necessary. My son resisted potty training at 2.5years, and she prescribed high or adult dosages for multiple laxatives, syrups, etc DAILY...not for days but months, which turned to years, and delayed potty training because it was too traumatic until he could go on his own (her logic, but really you can't potty train somebody who is on so many laxatives, he has no sense of control). So many meds were toxic,
>   causing vomiting and dehydration, so I decided to change the regimen and she later agreed with me. But he still had to go to the ER a few times and it wasn't until 2 years later that she agreed with me that it wasn't physical (diet, allergies, etc) but psychological, which is what I said from day 1. So finally, at almost 5 years old, he is seeing a "poop psychiatrist" and starting potty training.
> Actually, expressing this makes me realize I should also change pediatricians. There is a lovely woman who we've seen several times, older with long hair and a lot of patience. Unfortunately I do not remember her name. Can anybody tell me who she is? My son warmed up immediately to her every time we've seen her.
> I will say overall I'm not satisfied with the limited pediatric care options with HUHS, as well as the necessary commute from Longwood for even a flu shot, but thats the reality of being a student parent with student health insurance. I took my son to Centre Pediatrics from birth until age 2, when I changed to HUHS insurance. They are at 1 Brookline Place and have an amazing caring professional practice, in case anybody is interested.
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> April Marie Griffin - Wayne Marasco Lab
> PhD Candidate, Harvard Medical School
> Cancer Immunology and AIDS
> Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute
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> Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 6:33 PM
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> Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] Holyoke Peds Re: Parentsgroup-list Digest, Vol 733, Issue 4
> Echoing concerns about the overreaction to jaundice --
> I found it was helpful to ask them to show you where your baby was on the chart indicating normal range and at risk range -- while showing us on the chart they realized that our baby was within normal ranges so they stopped with the testing.  (stupid heel pricks)
> We also found Dr Dorrell insensitive during conversations and exams.  (I also blamed it on hormones at the time.  But there will probably be hormones involved after the birth of any baby...)
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