The Austin Youth Basketball Family depends on each other for advice, word of mouth referrals, and feedback about the people who help our children grow. I recently had a miserable experience that many parents may be able to relate to.
Our daughter was very ill last week… extreme vomiting for 5 days, dehydrated, wimpering in her sleep during her fevers, and getting a bit worse every day. We struggled to get an appointment with a doctor as her pediatrician was out of town. We finally were able to secure an appointment with Dr. Daniel Howard. We arrived late after getting stuck in Thursday traffic on Mopac. We were the last appointment of the evening so it forced the doctor to stay late. Dr. Howard was compassionate, an excellent listener, and performed a half hour exam. He then ordered bloodwork which extended our stay and some more tests. His family was waiting for him to come home. He proceeded to outline our options and the fact that he had no conclusive answers. He told us we needed to see our pediatrician tomorrow and when we explained she was on vacation with no replacement, he made room on his schedule the next day. He was genuinely concerned about my daughter.
Again, we were his last appointment of the day on a Friday. He ordered yet more bloodwork after carefully explaining our options and his concerns. He had the work rushed to the lab and told me he would call me that evening when the results were rushed to him. He called me that evening just before 9pm with the results that Ellie appeared to be improving and to stay the course and be in touch on Monday.
When our children are truly sick and you feel like no one has answers, it is good to know that doctors like Dr. Howard still care enough to go above and beyond to care for our most treasured possessions. He was exceptional. So is his resume. Check it out: Stanford bachelors degree, Masters in Public Health, MD from prestigious Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Here is his number: 512.901.4016.
I enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day with a little girl who was quickly recovering. Thank you Dr. Howard!