think she should take more time o;.
“My work life and my home life are
now more intermeshed than they ever
have been before, and sometimes that
can be hard,” says Moss, who will run out
to visit patients after her own kids have
gone to sleep. She once went to check
on Anne Hayes’ son, Ryan, when he was
sick with a flu-like illness, and she was
able to assess the boy without him ever
getting out of bed.
Moss’ willingness to see children at
those hours is a trade-o; for generally
being able to make her own schedule
and not miss important events with her
family. “It gives me tremendous flexibility and a lot of autonomy and ownership
over what I’m doing,” she says.
FOR HAYES, TWO RECENT appoint-
ments illustrate why she hopes Moss
will continue to see her children at home
until they’re too old for a pediatrician.
During a visit to check on the twins,
Moss needed to draw some blood
from Audrey for routine lab tests. She
inserted a needle into the young girl’s
arm with ease but wasn’t able to get
enough blood before Audrey’s tiny vein
stopped cooperating. Instead of trying
the arm again, Moss chose to get the
remaining drop of blood she needed
through a less invasive method.
“She did the finger prick on Audrey,
and Audrey was actually helping her,
squeezing her own hand,” Hayes says.
Weeks later, at a specialist’s o;ce, a
di;erent physician ordered another lab
test. “We got to the point where we had to
wrap her in a sheet,” Hayes says, describ-
ing the scene as she and the technician
who was drawing the blood tried to hold
the frightened child still. Hayes had seen
this contrast before: When she took Ryan
to the doctor for a shot that helps prevent
respiratory illnesses in children with cer-
tain conditions, he started to cry when
they got to the o;ce, she says. A year
later, when Moss arrived to give Ryan the
same injection, he was excited to see her
and wasn’t nearly as upset.
“;ey don’t have bad memories of the
things she does,” says Hayes, who credits
both Moss and her practice model for
how her kids behave during appoint-
ments. “It’s her manner. It’s being at
home. It’s that she lets them help.
“I can’t think of a drawback,” Hayes
adds. “;e only thing…is when I have a
messy house sometimes and the doctor
is seeing it.”;n
Michael S. Gerber is a writer and consultant in Washington, D.C., and volunteers
as a paramedic with the Bethesda-Chevy
Chase Rescue Squad.
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