It's a phenomenon that most people probably don't fully understand. But, I've heard it from lots of other parents. I've heard it from spouses. I've heard it from people themselves. So, I know that lots of people experience it.
Now, let me start by saying, a doctor crush is in no way shape or form of a sexual nature. If you are truly attracted to a doctor, that's not what I'm talking about here. This is a whole different form of crushing.
It can be a male or female. Old. Young. Attractive. Or someone you find not so attractive. But, whatever happened with that doctor led you to get fluttery feelings every time you see them, talk about them, or think about them.
I have a few of them. Doctors who have gone above and beyond. The fellow who literally made the life saving call to check Shilo's thyroid numbers when she got very sick at a few weeks old. The developmental pediatrician who looked into issues with Abigail when she was really young and figured multiple things out. The doctor who delivered Asher. The list goes on and on for me.
And, a friend who's husband broke his neck felt this way about one of the doctors who cared for him. A friend who had a mass removed from her abdomen, talks about feeling this way. A parent who had a doctor step in and step up to prevent unnecessary interventions. A parent who stepped up and stepped in to make certain a child got a surgery that some doctors thought wasn't needed.
I find myself thinking about these doctors. Looking forward to the next appointment with them. Wanting to bring them gifts, and invite them over for dinner. I replay our conversations, and can't help but smile when I think of how they treated me, and my children.
For a while, I thought it was just me. And, that it was a little weird. Until I admitted it. Then, time after time, in conversation, someone else would describe something similar.
So here's a public declaration for those of you who didn't know this was a thing. And, here's a thank you to the doctors who are so great, that a phrase needed to be developed to describe the feelings they invoke. You make the world of navigating medical stuff a little more enjoyable.