So DD is a — gulp — high school senior this year. Next year she'll be heading off to college. We'll be seeing her beloved allergist next week, and one of the topics on my Top 3 list of questions is … "Now that we found you, please, please, can we keep you??"
We love her allergist, but I have to face the facts that eventually, sooner rather than later, DD will have to move to another allergist.
For one thing, she'll be in college, and it may be hard to keep appointments if her college is a significant distance away from her current doctor. That's actually part of our calculations on choosing a college — how many days of class she'd miss to have her specialists' appointments.
For another, eventually she'll age out of the Children's Hospital that her doc is now a part of.
I'm planning on bringing all this up to our allergist at the visit. I know what her allergist will say … "We have a great university RIGHT here — just c'mon over!" She's been trying to talk DD into a career as an allergist and/or coming to the university that's connected with the teaching hospital for YEARS.
Unfortunately for a number of different reasons, the college isn't a great fit for DD's particular situation — she has food allergies, and none of the freshmen dorms are apartment style with kitchens. Also, the campus is split, and the freshmen dorms are a long shuttle ride away from the campus where most of the undergrad classes are. Otherwise, it's a great school.
So in all likelihood, we'll send her off to a different college or university. We need a plan in place, and I'm sure our allergist will have good advice.
But in the meantime, for those of you who have had asthma since childhood or who have adult or college-aged children who grew up with asthma, how did you make that transition?