Here it comes. Middle school. A lot of kids will be filling their free time with sports, I happen to be one of those students.
Mattson Middle School has an excellent sports program — even though there is no SOCCER — but there are many other fun activities like football, volleyball, and track. For all of us jocks, we have to get a physical before the first round of sports starts on the first day of school.
Now ... a sports physical. Like many other residents of the Covington area I go to the Covington Primary Care Center. A while back, my primary doctor moved to another office. So, my family was left to choose a new doctor. We weren’t really familiar with any of the doctors so we just chose one from the office: the doctor we picked was Callie Byrd. She’s new to Covington, you might have even read her article a few weeks ago about how excited she is being here in the city of Covington. So, after reading Callie’s article I decided it was a good time to get my physical done and meet Dr. Byrd.
I was happy to know that Dr. Callie Byrd loves her job as a pediatrician, it made me feel at ease with the fact that she is glad to specialize in treating kids. You may think, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” If you do, you’re wrong. One of the things that really defined Dr. Byrd’s position with kids is that she understands that kids are going to be kids! They’re going to eat some ice cream, they’re going to watch a little TV. I excercise, I eat my veggies, what else does she need?
That’s what I admired about Dr. Callie Byrd. She checked my health, but Dr. Byrd and I had a conversation! We talked about nutrition, soccer, school, all that! I realized that a doctors office isn’t always bad. Even though I got a vaccine. I want my doctor to know me. I want to be able to talk to her! For her to have me as a patient until I’m all grown up. Not only was Dr. Byrd nice and instantly likable, but she was always on top of all of our concerns. She didn’t overreact about little things — she took them in stride and looked at the problem in a way that was easy to solve or talk out. Also, she was not evasive at all. She took interest in all of our questions for a rapidly growing 12-year-old and gave us ideas for solutions, but never showed any personal judgement, which my dad and I really appreciated. It was professional medical evaluation at its best!
What I’m saying is that a new change is a good change. Dr. Callie Byrd is an amazing doctor. I’m fortunate that my dad chose her as my pediatrician and I hope to keep it that way.
Annie Livengood of Covington is an aspiring journalist and will be a seventh grader at Mattson Middle School in the fall.