I'll admit that at least 50 percent of the time, I leave my daughter's pediatrician's office totally skeptical about his recommendation. I also have to admit that, 98 percent of the time, a few days pass and I realize he was totally right. As I was thinking about the last year and a half of life with my daughter, I've realized there are more than a few times when I begrudgingly trusted my kid's pediatrician and it totally paid off.
If I had picked our pediatrician by throwing a dart at the wall, it would have been only slightly less random than my actual selection process. The day of my daughter's discharge from the NICU was the first time I realized they weren't going to let me take her home without handing over a pediatrician's name and an already-scheduled initial appointment. It hadn't even hit me yet that we'd need a pediatrician already lined up, and I was supposed to choose someone who was going to care for our brand new baby girl right then and there? Gulp.
At the time, I was extremely overwhelmed, so I randomly chose a pediatrician on the spot. Thankfully, that pediatrician has served us well in the first year and a half. If he hadn't, I know my partner and I could have switched to a different pediatrician who we could trust, but I have to say that reminding myself that I am not the doctor, and I did not go to many years of school or see decades of patients throughout my career, does help me trust him even when I need to.