When we came to Brad my then 9 year old son had disciform keratitis (a corneal lesion) that had caused his blue eye to turn white like a marble. The specialist had told us he would be blind in that eye until adulthood when he would be a candidate for a corneal transplant. When Brad first saw J. he received him with such a gentleness and lovingness that I wept. We had been in so many sterile doctors offices. In those places fast paced physicians shuffled us from room to room, test to test and only spoke to me, the parent.
The minute Brad spoke to J. I felt he was finally receiving care. Non-phased by the dramatic look of my son’s eye Brad looked at him. He was relaxed and calm. After a silent moment he said, ‘Well, perhaps you will have one that looks out into the world and one that looks inward.’ He was the first person to see things as they were… physician, family member or friend. His acceptance was a blessing. Working from there was a beautiful place to start.
Within two weeks J’s eye was showing dramatic improvement, much to the surprise of his two corneal specialists. Over the first months his vision improved from 20/400 to 20/60 where it has remained for over a year.
The treatments Brad has given my son have not only been productive and successful but also are relaxed, pleasant visits with someone who cares about us. He always looks at J., asks him general and specific questions about his well being, but also about his baseball season and the like. I love Brad’s holistic approach to health issues. I shudder to think what would have happened had J. not received his care. Loss of vision is one thing but loss of depth perception is not to be underestimated. This had already been the cause of a broken rib and bike accident. With restored vision and depth perception Jansen leads a full academic and athletic life. Brad is earnest yet lighthearted, pleasant company. I can’t emphasize enough the value of having someone who puts the “care” in healthcare (and the health too for that matter). -Kate