July 31, 2008
Over the last few months, both my Mom and I have noticed a change in Joey's behavior. He has pulled away from my parents, who he has known since birth; he no longer runs to me when I pick him up from school; he doesn't want me to leave him anywhere; he doesn't want to see his Dad at all; and he's started to go back into his shell at school. It's time to get a medical opinion.
I made an appointment with his primary pediatrician who he's known since he was born and who I adore. I even refused to find a new doctor when they dropped my insurance company and pay cash now just so I can continue to see the same doctor. She felt that it was best to get another opinion and referred me to the Melmed Center, which is the best place to go in Phoenix. She advised me to call right away because I may have to wait 6 months for an appointment.
I called that very day and left a message regarding an appointment. Then, my Mom and I went looking at Churches for my upcoming wedding. She knelt down and prayed while we were in the Church and afterwards, she told me that she prayed to her father (who passed away in 1972) to watch over Joey. The next day, I got a call from someone at the Melmed Center. They said they had an opening for an appointment on August 18th. I didn't have to wait 6 months after all! The interesting thing is...August 18th is the anniversary of my Grandfather's death. I guess he was watching over Joey after all.