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My Experience With Endos

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Old 05-08-2015, 16:49   #1
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My experience with endocrinologists.

I have had three endos, all female, and all very different. The first was very experienced, and she wrote the permission letter for me to use a pump. She had me go through pump training with her CDE, and she dictated the settings on my pump. All the settings were wrong, and I was in the 300s for more than a day. I did all the changes needed by myself. She was not very experienced with well controlled T1D's, and did not know how to work with someone with 60+ years of T1. She moved to another part of the state after being my endo for two years.

The second endo was young, and had very little experience, It was easy to tell that she was learning from me about T1. I made her somewhat nervous, but she always agreed with me on every request I made. She wrote the prescriptions, and let me try anything new that I wanted. That was an ideal situation, but she moved to another part of the state after four years with me.

The third endo is experienced, and keeps up with everything new with T1D. She questions my requests, and makes good suggestions. She tried hard to get Medicare to cover a CGM for me, but that failed. I admire her for her efforts. We get along well, so I doubt that she will be moving soon.

By the way, my first endo came back to her original location after I started seeing my present endo. I guess she realized that she would not have to see me anymore.

Conclusion: If you want to keep your endos, don't make them nervous with your knowledge, smile and be very friendly, and be grateful for the scripts they are writing. After 69 years of T1, I guess I might know too much!!

I have been Type 1 for 73 years. My A1c is 6.2. I pump with the MM 630, and I am using the Dexcom G5.
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