Our plans to get Whitney's ears and sinuses feeling healthy again have hit a major snag. The ENT and the hospital have been working with us since Friday because the anesthesiologist refuses to work on Whitney.
Once the anesthesiologist caught wind of Whit having 1p36 Deletion Syndrome, he said he was not willing to intubate her for the part of the procedure to remove her Adenoids. He felt she was too high of a risk.
Melanie and I are not happy about it and have tried to get records from her previous surgeries sent to this doctor's office to prove she does just fine. She's even been intubated before during her eye surgery. Everything went great. But Whit's records from those surgeries are boxed up in the local children's hospital archives and couldn't be sent in time to convince the anesthesiologist.
The hospital won't release this uncooperative doctor's name so we can contact his office. And when we suggested rescheduling during a different anesthesiologist's shift, the nurse said it wasn't worth it. They talk amongst themselves and would take a united front not to treat Whitney.
The claim is that they do not have the equipment necessary if something went wrong. I'm no doctor but I can understand their concern. Anesthesiologists are some of the most sued doctors around, so they play it safe. But we're talking about a hospital that was just opened a year ago. It's the largest and most modern facility in our state. Their claim of not having equipment just doesn't seem to hold much water.
But no matter. We're back to square one. We'll need to find a new ENT (again) with rights perform the surgery at a different hospital. Then we'll go through the checkup process again and hopefully the ENT will agree to the same course of treatment. Then we'll reschedule the surgery. This will consume additional time and money, which doesn't excite me. But the worst aspect of all this is that my little girl will continue to suffer from sore, plugged ears and possible sinus infections while we navigate the red tape.
Anyone out there have any suggestions? Sorry for the rant. It's tough for me to sit there and take it when another person's decisions take a toll on my child's well being.