First off - since I said I'd start adding images to my posts, meet Dad:
And we may have a surgeon - though that remains to be seen.
The endocrinologist is Dr. Fred Williams. His office is fairly close - about ten minutes down the highway in downtown Louisville, and he comes well recommended by my OB. I have an appointment in a week on Monday. Day after tomorrow I get to fax permission to the doctors in Mississippi to send my records up here, which feels kind of weird when one of them is my Dad. I can see why having your relatives be your attending physician is so frowned upon. Other issues entirely aside, the legal stuff is weird. With Dad as my referring physician on the MRI (the only way we could work out the registration issues, even though the neuro-opthamologist requested it), suddenly he legally wasn't allowed to discuss my medical stuff with anybody outside the hospital staff without my written permission - this included my mother, brothers, children, etc., etc.. Very strange.
The possible surgeon is in Boston at Mass General. I haven't contacted them at all yet (I'll do that this week, just to get information), but they have a Neuroendocrinology Clinic with three on-staff neurosurgeons, two of whom list pituitary surgery as a specialty, and one of whom has several published articles on acromegaly. As a big bonus I have great infrastructure in the Boston area. Virtually every friend I have kept in contact with from college lives near there. A in W. Newton (about 15 minutes out), L. in Worcester (1 hour), and B&B both live within the half-day range. Plus A has friends and family in scads, who know me and are kindly inclined towards me. The boys could easily stay with her (Actually, I think she'll be hurt if they don't), so they'll be close, but not directly involved with all the scary medical stuff. Plus she has the room so that other than a night before, Rob & I wouldn't have to stay at a hotel.
Frankly, if I end up having somebody poking in my brain, it's really nice to find someplace to go where I'm not going to have to worry about the logistics and support. Where somebody I trust completely is going to have charge of my kids, without having to have them halfway across the country, or leaving them behind while I go away. This way Daddy can be right there, but can still be with me as much as I'm likely to need him to be.
I suspect Mom and/or Dad are likely to come up as well, but again, this way they can be with the boys, or with me as they need to, rather than being tied to watching to nervous little boys.