Normally I don’t share when I take Ryan out to appointments until after we get home because I don’t want evil people taking this an opportunity to break-in to our home. I can today though since there will be at least two people here while we’re gone and we have excellent video surveillance.
Ryan has an appointment with a vascular doctor today in Reston, VA. An ambulance service was hired to transport him to and from the appointment. The “Chick Magnet” (our donated handicap van) we have would simply not work well in this case since it’s a bit of a haul and I am flying solo in getting him to/from the doctor otherwise. It’s best to have him under medical care the entire time, with the manpower to make this as distressful as possible for Ryan.
I’m not at all convinced that we even need to put Ryan through this and physically take him there, but the doctor claims it’s their “policy”. It’s not like Ryan can answer any questions. The purpose of the visit is to check the internal placement of the IVC Greenfield filter and a visual examination has no obvious purpose. Everything the doctor needs to know is provided in the MRI report and imaging. If Ryan’s overall condition needs assessed (as I suspect is their reasoning) then why not allow our family doctor to come to our home and do it and then send the information to the vascular doctor? This was suggested and examples were given of how we do this now with other doctors, but they wouldn’t budge.
It boiled down to, yet another, risk-benefit judgement. Do we risk Ryan picking up a communicable illness (e.g., flu) for what could be nothing at all or scrubbing the visit and going with the information we have (that this might be the original placement and is stable or that this might not be correctable even if it is placed incorrectly). It not that I believe Ryan is at high risk of picking something up. In this regard, I think he’s just like most people. My fear is if he contracts something. It could be devastating. It’s easy to see our recommendation to not physically take him there, but still do everything else, is the most practical for all… and clearly is for Ryan.
If we learn anything concrete from today’s appointment I’ll post an update.