My thoughts are that I will see him every 6 weeks. That gives me a reason to come down to Philly to visit everyone and to stick with my regimen.
The only issue will be when I am sick and need to be seen that day (which I could solve by having a primary that consults with Dr H), and when I am in need of inpatient treatment. I have clinic on Wednesday and I am going to run this all by him.
I really don't want to switch him out. He knows me and I know him. We have a good dynamic, and there is no reason to change it. The thought of facing a new doctor, with a new way of treating and a new way of asking things scares me. I don't deal well with things like that and I think that keeping Dr H will be good for my mental and physical well being.
Plus I think he will be happy to hear it too.
The reason I was switching (besides the obvious 5 hour drive time) was that the insurance I was going to be getting was MA only doctors. So Dr H would have been out. But I qualify for that 65% discount on COBRA so I can keep my current (albeit expensive copay) insurance and see my wonderful doctor!!! To me that is an expense that is well worth it!!!!!!