September 27, 2016

The Second Opinion Matters

Earlier this year, a dermatologist from DermOne treating Bud for acne recommended a biopsy on three suspicious moles on his body - two on his back, one on his chest. This seemed a little unusual for a 14 year old but nonetheless we agreed because skin cancer isn't a joke.  One mole on his back came back "funny" and she recommended having it removed (using a pediatric plastic surgeon) since it re-pigmented.  Meanwhile, the office we were going to merged with another business and the dermatologist we were seeing was transferred. It was all very weird. We were increasingly frustrated with her care as it was (since we weren't seeing any improvement with the acne after 9 months of visits ) so I scheduled him an appointment with a new dermatologist.

We saw the new dermatologist last week and what an eye-opening experience that turned out to be.  In short, we learned the dermatologist we were seeing is a NURSE PRACTIONER, and in my opinion, parading as a doctor.  I don't recall ever being told she wasn't a MD but looking at her credentials on the first pathology report, it's right there in black and white.  So I feel like I failed and didn't do enough homework before choosing DermOne but I also feel duped! The only thing she did right was catch the suspicious mole that needs to be removed.

Everything makes sense now. The fake dermatologist said we needed to go to a pediatric plastic surgeon because she could not do the excision. I was told she could not not do the excision because he was under the age of 18, which baffled me since I considered her a dermatologist capable of treating my son. But that's not the reason, the reason is because she is not a doctor!!

The new dermatologist ran a second pathology report on the suspicious mole and it does need to be removed. But surgery and anesthesia isn't required. In fact, the new dermatologist told me it would be considered malpractice for him do it as a surgery because it isn't medically necessary! Malpractice!!  What if god forbid something happened to my son while he was under anesthesia for a procedure he didn't need??

The lesson learned here? Stay clear of DermOne (or whatever they call themselves now) and any other chain-store dermatologist, regardless of their convenient locations. And when your brain tells you to "get a second opinion"!? Don't hesitate. Get the second opinion. I'm so glad we did.

September 9, 2016

How to Fail at Meal Planning

In the interest of honesty, I failed m-i-s-e-r-a-b-l-y with the meal plan for this week - I only made the Chicken Teriyaki on Monday.  The start of school literally kicked my ass. It is not getting easier as they get older! Between football practices, soccer practices til 8:30, school starting, impetigo on the football team, school supply shopping, a vet appointment for the Big One, work - something had to give and it was dinner.  One night I grabbed 4 McDonald's cheeseburgers from my starving 11 year old. He ate 2 before soccer practice and 2 after. I just won Mother of the Year - not!  Just keeping it real over here.

The good news is I have meals for the weekend and we will not eat out, so help me God.

I have no plan for next week yet. I need a long weekend to refocus!

Wine. It's the only answer.

September 2, 2016

Meal Plan - Wk of 9/4

The first day of school FINALLY arrives this week!

Meal 1: Chicken Teriyaki*

Meal 2: Sloppy Joes

Meal 3: Ravioli

Meal 4: Breakfast for Dinner

*This is a crockpot meal:

1 lb chicken, sliced
1 c chicken broth/stock
1/2 c teriyaki sauce

1/3 c brown sugar, packed
1 T sesame seeds
2 T cornstarch

Place chicken in bottom of crockpot. Whisk remaining ingredients (except cornstarch) in a separate bowl and then pour over chicken.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours.  When chicken is cooked, stir in cornstarch, mixing well. Continue cooking until sauce thickens.  Serve over rice.

September 1, 2016

Don't Blink

Yesterday I spent the morning helping my soon-to-be freshman navigate his new high school. Then I spent the afternoon helping my soon-to-be 7th grader navigate his new middle school.

Too much growing up in one day. Too much!

While I'm anxious for them to get back to a normal routine this whole high school thing is killing me quietly.  I just can't believe it's here so soon. In some ways it feels like I was just in high school myself but in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago. It's very trippy and I don't use drugs lol  The harsh reality is I graduated from high school 25 years ago. I'm officially that old person to a teenager. I've also started wearing reading glasses and today my hair is in a bun.  I wonder when I can start cashing in on some senior discounts?! HA!