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    Thumbs up Dr. Rosenbaum at Casey Eye Institute in Portland - saw him last week

    Dr. Rosenbaum is a rheumy who also did his training in ophthalmology, so bonus for anyone with eye disease caused by Wegs! He does take issue with calling it Wegs ("it is GPA - we must be politically correct".) Just now thinking that with his name, he could be Jewish?? It was just kind of humorous during the office visit, but as I typed it, it made me wonder...

    Anyway, he and his fellows/students were great. My eye pressure is really high in the eye that has scleritis - like 45 high. Yikes! And the other eye was around 30 at the visit. They checked it multiple times, with several different methods to make sure they were getting an accurate reading.

    Now I'm on a couple of glaucoma drops to try and bring the pressure down to safe levels.

    Dr. R is very knowledgeable about GPA. He was one of the pioneers in using Rituxan to treat scleritis and when I saw Dr. Koening in SLC on Monday, he talked about Dr. R and all the studies he had been involved in. There was definitely respect for him and likewise, from Dr. R towards Dr. K. I think they met earlier this year for the first time.

    He is a proponent of rituxan therapy and also wants me to have maintenance doses at 6 month intervals. His dosing is a little more conservative than Dr. K's - Dr. R's concern is immunoglobulin levels, which I discussed with Dr. K. He is also concerned about the prednisone - I am now on a taper schedule; not quite as aggressive a taper as Dr. R wants but a little more aggressive than Dr. K's normal. All about balancing the good pred does with its horrific side effects.

    So, if you are in the NW and have eye involvement, Dr. R is a great one to see. And they have orbital specialist at Casey that can deal with blocked lacrimal ducts, etc. I'm waiting to see if rituxan helps with mine, but Dr. R says there may be some structural damage.
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    I'm pretty sure he's Jewish with that last name. I went to high school in Portland and there were some Rosenbaums, and I think they were in my grade school, too. Good students, as I remember, so wonder if he could be one of them..... Next time ask him if he grew up there and went to Lincoln High School.... He probably wouldn't remember me, though....

    Anyway, I'd like to go to an ophthalmologist who is also a rheumy or has experience with AI diseases.... I'm in Olympia and would like it to be a little closer, but would certainly consider going to Dr. R. if he seems like the best choice! Not as major problems as yours, just a few visual disturbances here and there, but I'm due for an eye exam and think this would be best.
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    Small world after all...Dr. Rosenbaum recently assisted in diagnosing WG or the like in a friend of a friend's. AND, Anne, I went to Roosevelt HS, St.Johns area!!!! Hardly like Lincoln, but it was home! LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Don View Post
    Small world after all...Dr. Rosenbaum recently assisted in diagnosing WG or the like in a friend of a friend's. AND, Anne, I went to Roosevelt HS, St.Johns area!!!! Hardly like Lincoln, but it was home! LOL!
    Why hardly like Lincoln? I do remember Roosevelt by name, through the football games and yearly choosing of Rose Festival Princesses. I would have graduated in 1970, but we moved to Davis, CA after my junior year and I graduated there.
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    "Just now thinking that with his name, he could be Jewish??"


    I find it inappropriate to speculate on what a doctor's religion is based on his last name. I find it appropriate to speculate on how good a doctor is by his experience in treating patients with this condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeinformed View Post
    "Just now thinking that with his name, he could be Jewish??"


    I find it inappropriate to speculate on what a doctor's religion is based on his last name. I find it appropriate to speculate on how good a doctor is by his experience in treating patients with this condition.
    I can't speak for ArlaMo, and I found it a bit odd that she brought up his possibly being Jewish, but I interpreted it as more of a reference to the ethnic background than the religion. Of course, the two are entwined, so one must be careful. I greatly appreciate ArlaMo's further description of his experience and qualifications in treating patients with GPA. And I get the feeling she genuinely likes Dr. R., and to me, that would be a reason to be interested in his ethnic background; I am usually interested in that when I like someone. Having said all that, your point is well taken.
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    Wegeners was renamed because Wegener was a Nazi. That was the only reason that the possibility of being Jewish even crossed my mind. He said several times during the visit that "we must be PC" and his students and fellows were laughing a bit. It just clicked as I typed his name out, that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArlaMo View Post
    Wegeners was renamed because Wegener was a Nazi. That was the only reason that the possibility of being Jewish even crossed my mind. He said several times during the visit that "we must be PC" and his students and fellows were laughing a bit. It just clicked as I typed his name out, that's all.
    I didn't even think of that! It makes perfect sense. Thanks for the clarification!
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    ArlaMo,

    Your comments about the doctor’s religion are not relevant to the basic theme of your post (even giving voice to the antecedents that motivated you). What is relevant is that the doctor has the experience and knowledge to treat you and other patients who have similar symptoms.
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    And absolutely nothing in my original post or subsequent posts would indicate that I based my evaluation on religion or ethnicity. There is nothing in my post that says I based my evaluation on such a connection and I would not even begin to think that a doctor's efficacy had anything to do with religion/ethnicity, as you seem to think with your continued posts on this thread and your private messages. In fact, the original post indicates that it was simply a thought as I was typing

    Again, the ONLY reason it even came to mind was because the name of our disease has officially changed and the reason why, Dr. Rosenbaum mentioned it several times during my visit, and as I typed out the OP, I thought of it as an aside. That is ALL.
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