I actually wrote this post last week, but I got really sick and forgot to schedule the post to publish.
What a maroon!
So Gigi is now ten and, as a fifth grader, totally able to play an organized sport. (Yes, she is still doing karate, but she's had her eye on school sports for the last year and has pined for them like a dog for a squirrel.)
Actually, I should rephrase that.
There has only been one sport that has interested her. Like Garp, she's not into sports that insinuate objects between an athlete and her physical expression. Soccer and volleyball are not what float her boat. No, my child is into something that requires a little more exertion - which is not surprising, given she's been bouncing off the walls since birth.
Gigi wants to run cross-country. Not track, per se - like dashes and relays, etc. She just wants to run. For really long stretches.
We got an email two weeks ago saying she would need to have a physical on file by August 15, so we called our doctor, but he was booked until August 24. The coach told us to take her to the Walgreens Take Care and get it done there.
(On a side note, I'd like to take this time to share yet another reason the health insurance industry needs to be slapped silly. When I called to see about coverage, I was told that our insurance would cover 100% - with no co-pay - for an annual "preventative care" or "well-child" physical. However, if the physical was what they call an "administrative" physical, (i.e. same exact procedure but with the doctor signing a paper that clears a kid for sports) they would cover NONE of it. Is that messed up or what?!)
So I took Gigi to Walgreens for a $39 physical, and the examiner (not a real doctor, I found out later) tells me - IN FRONT OF MY CHILD - that she has a heart murmer and it's serious and we had best get her to her primary care physician ASAP.
Gigi is a pretty tough kid, but I watched her go pale at these words. And who could blame her? I actually had a moment of dizziness myself. I'll spare you how angry I was that this technician showed so little discretion and fast-forward to the next morning when I called our primary care physician and begged for an immediate examination.
So we got in to see him today, and he heard no murmer. He said that often children have them and then outgrow them, and sometimes there can be a slight variation from one day to the next, etc. We are coming back in a month for him to have a listen again, but the prognosis is very good.
So Gigi is cleared to run all the way to Mexico if she wants.
(Watch out, Mexico!)
And, as a very nice surprise, I was told by our doctor that he does not bill and/or code administrative physicals. He only conducts well-child exams. And if there happens to be a paper to sign for the kid to play sports, he signs it.
I love our doctor!!!
Post-Post: We are now on week 2 of running all over creation, and the kid's lovin' it.