Good news and a revolting development (smile)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Yesterday was my 1st visit to an endocrinologist. It was time to move from my gp (who I love) to a specialist when my blood test indicated that my pancreas was barely making insulin. Dr. has an incredible reputation so it has been about 6 months to get an appointment. It was really worth it!!
Dr. took gobs of history and then zeroed in with questions about the diabetes and thyroid problems that run in the family. Cross my fingers my thyroid has tested ok to date. She listened to me! Then we went through a physical exam including an exam of my thyroid. I was armed with a list of questions (Thank you Spark Friends!!!) and she answered everyone of them. She took plenty of time to fully explain the answers in layman's terms. Interestingly, she has decided to keep me as a patient and not send me back to the Dr. Don't know why thinking perhaps because of my family history.
Good news maybe, she ordered other blood tests to confirm my insulin production. Also wants to confirm that I actually have Type II and not another type of diabetes. (interesting)
Ok true confessions now. I haven't been testing for the past 8 years. GP stopped the testing and managed by my A1C which was consistently 6.1. Now it is 6.3, which she is happy with. Once I explained why testing was stopped she agreed, however, changed to testing once per week to see if my BGL was raising itself, or if I am not feeling well.
Today was my re-training. Met with a Nurse Practitioner that works with the Dr. We had a refresher course in diabetes 101, self management, testing and nutrition. It was a wonderful experience and allowed me to ask many questions that have occurred to me over the years. She also took time to fully explain her answers and she listened to me! Especially because I don't want to overeat carbs. Too many carbs equal high BGL for me. She took the time to rework the diet with me to include very complex carbs. Wow - both she and the Dr listened!! I have direct access to her at any time by phone or visit.
Alot of good news this week. However, I was in a bad car accident over last weekend. Everyone involved is fine. I am home with the achys. Back to work tomorrow. New car is needed (bah). Most importantly is that no one was severely hurt.
Hugs to all my Spark buddies. I couldn't fight this disease without each and everyone of you.