We just went thru a bit of a fiasco with my husband’s neurologist (specifically, his office staff) and our regular doc went above and beyond to straighten things out for us.
Short and sweet - my husband was having trouble walking - weakness and numbness in his legs and feet, and a few other problems. He called the neurologist who did his back surgery last year (he’d had 9 spinal surgeries, so he kinda knows what’s going on back there) but the woman answering the phone wouldn’t let him talk to the surgeon or the PAs, and she said the soonest he could be seen was May 3.
So we went to our regular doc (actually, a PA-C) and after she did and exam and a few tests, she was very alarmed and she called the neurosurgeon’s office herself - getting the same answers we got. So she called the hospital where he practiced and talked to the neurologist on duty who managed to get hold of my husband’s neurologist who told us to get to that hospital ER immediately. After MRIs and CT scans, my husband was admitted, and yesterday, he had spinal surgery #10.
He was told flat out that had he waited any longer, there likely would have been permanent damage or even paralysis. As it is, he’s already doing better, less than 24 hours after surgery. And our doc called twice to check on how things were going with him.
So, we are eternally grateful to Christine, our super PA-C and we want to show her. Flowers die. Candies may or may not be appreciated. Husband suggested giving her a car… I did send her an email of thanks, and I’ll contact the head of her practice. But we really want to do something special for her.
My store sends gift baskets to doctors (and/or their staff) on a very regular basis.
ETA, not meaning to make this sound like an ad for my store, I meant to call a local store and order a gift/fruit basket. They typically go over very well.
I like the gift basket idea too. If the contents are sufficiently varied there is almost certainly at least something she’ll like for herself. And it’s fun to go through the basket, as each item is another new little gift. Then sharing it with everyone is yet another small pleasure.
I speak from experience - I used to head a small office where I/we got sent several gift baskets every year at Christmas. They never failed to be a hit with all of us.
(If they use a pen) A good pen, personalized with the doctors name. Or a hot-air balloon ride.
Other gifts that cost less than a car: Personalized medical tools: tuning fork, flashlight, reflex hammer, testing pen, wartenberg pinwheel (I’ve gone with the neurology stuff, because that’s a neat tie-in )
Sporting events and Artistic events, but only if you know what your doctor is interested in. Maybe motor-way track event if they’re into cars.
This is stuff a drug company would like to give to your doctor, if they could get away with it, and I trust their judgment. Safety googles are good too, but have the unfortunate connotation of suggesting your doctor needs to be more observant, so drug companies mostly don’t go there…
You create beautiful lap robes~make one for her and present it with a box of nice tea and a bookstore gift card large enough for her to select a best seller she has been dying to read.
The basket of varied goodies is always welcome or check with an office person and see if you can have Friday lunch of pizzas or subs or bbq sent over one week soon. Or ask if you can do it for a staff meeting, bagels and fixings for a morning meeting or lunch.
Maybe you could present several children’s books to a nearby school in her honor-“I want to be a doctor/PA” kind of books. No school is going to turn those aside and she could pick the school or the public library branch.
One last idea~~~next year at this time, write her one more note and tell her what her care has meant to you and your family and will continue to mean. Maybe Roxy could do some art to put in with it. If you have your pottery wheel up and going by then, make her a set of mugs or a beautiful salad bowl or bread-making bowl and sign your name on the bottom.
A heartfelt, detailed letter. With a copy to her boss and/or the local medical organization she belongs to. Also, if you want to do more, a gift in her honor to a charity she supports. (The charity will NOT reveal the amount to her, but she will get an acknowledgement that a gift was made by you in her honor.)