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Old 03-31-2013, 07:31 AM   #16
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A fruit basket would be a good gift idea.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:07 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Fueledbycoffee View Post
Who doesn't love a yummy treat?!

Thinking about your son's story, how about an autographed baseball from your son?! It would be something unique & part of their story.
Thank you for all the suggestions, they are great. I love the idea of an autographed baseball from my DS. He can write a short thank you on it. We'll bring or send an edible treat that day as well. I just wanted to make sure I wouldn't make her feel awkward if I sent something. I think an edible arrangement will be great so the entire office can enjoy it.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:38 AM   #18
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This hospital and the doctors truly did save my life.

My husband brought the staff donuts and treats the entire time I was there. We live just a few blocks from the hospital and have taken stuff over there a few times.

The staff was so shocked to see me as a "normal" person. I ballooned up over 40 pounds when my organs were shutting down so they would never have recognized me.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:40 AM   #19
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When I was going through surgeries for cancer at the age of 21 my dad knew of someone who baked and decorated cakes. He had her make up a couple thanking the nurses and hospital staff when I was finally released after 24 days.
On another note, my family received something unusual from a doctor. My parents had seen the same doctor for several years and really liked him. He took care of both of them through many issues. My mom used to take trays of cookies or boxes of candy for holidays. She always took some for the staff and a smaller seperate one for the doctor. The doctor had cancer himself and retired about 2 years ago. When my Mom passed away in July we were shocked to receive a card and a very generous check from him. It allowed us to make a sizable donation to a medical organization in her memory. Sadly I just read yesterday that the doctor has now passed away.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:29 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by ProudMommyof2 View Post
I am a Nurse Practitioner and I agree with above. A yummy treat that can be shared with the office staff is great. A personal note is the best!

We entered into medicine because it is what we love, but we are doing our job. It is always nice to know when someone appreciates a job well done
I am a NP too and agree with this one
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Food!!!! We had patients bring us all kinda of different foods sack lunches etc....
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:24 PM   #22
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The notes are what really make a difference. The personal thank you and telling her how much she meant to you is more important than any gift.

My father still remembers the heart felt thank yous he received throughout the years. He is a retired surgeon.


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I gave the surgeon a thank you note, a picture of our family because I wanted him to remember not just did he save my life, he also made sure my dh had a wife and my 3 ds had a mom. (I wrote that in the thank you note)

I also gave a cookie platter from the bakery for him and the staff

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Old 03-31-2013, 03:07 PM   #23
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I think a heartfelt thank you and some treats for her office would be great! Glad to hear your son is doing so well!!!
When DD5 had a serious reaction to a peanut butter cookie, we ran to the nearest doctor's office we could find and begged them to see her. They did and quickly reversed the reaction. The next week, DH got a party-size sandwich platter from Subway and took it to them and thanked them in person.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:21 PM   #24
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When our long time pediatrician Dr. Smith moved to another state, I purchased a picture frame and had it engraved with "The Smith Family". I thought it was something he and his family would enjoy.
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With my last high risk pregnancy, my OB and her nursing staff really had gone out of their way to take good care of me and my unborn baby, so I sent two dozen specially made cupcakes. They gushed about them. Here's the company I ordered from (not likely they are local to you, but just wanted to give you an example). http://www.foiledcupcakes.com/

I'm glad your son is ok! What a scary ordeal.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:27 AM   #26
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When I was done with the treatment at my oncologist's office, I sent a letter to the office manager detailing the extraordinary care that I'd gotten from everyone from the doc to his research nurse, the onco nurses, the receptionist and the phlebotomist. It was a couple of months till I went back for a follow-up and every single one of those people that I bumped into in the office told me how much the letter meant to them.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #27
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A number of years ago I had a pretty serious foot surgery.

As a kind of thank you, I sent the doctor $22,500.00
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:57 PM   #28
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A number of years ago I had a pretty serious foot surgery.

As a kind of thank you, I sent the doctor $22,500.00
hey me too! only mine was worth closer to $35,000

Seriously, we have several persons in various medical fields in our family and each of them go on & on every time they get a note, or picture.. and of course, who doesn't like treats
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:23 PM   #29
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I have a team of about 10 doctors (well now 14...they just added another 4)

But we do thank you cards and food. Homemade treats go over very very well.

I am very close with a couple of my doctors where it's at the point that I don't even need a reason to bring them food, I just happen to have extra when baking so I bring it to them if I have an appointment.

Some things ive made are:
Peppermint patties
Chocolate covered pretzels
Mini apple pies
Chocolate chip cookie dough truffles
Pumpkin bread
Blueberry bread

All of this has gone over very well. And after all this time I know who prefers what treats so I try to make everyone their favorites.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:33 PM   #30
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As many have already said, you can't go wrong with food and a heartfelt personal thank you note.

A couple of other things to consider:

A donation in the physician's honor to a charity, if you know what they support. We sponsored the Relay for Life team at my mom's cancer center in honor of her amazing oncologist.

Along with your personal note to the doctor, you could also send a letter to the hospital president/board praising the doctor and any facilities/processes that really worked well for you and made your life easier. Not only is it nice to get praised to your "boss" but hospitals can use the feedback on how to serve families and patients better.
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