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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.
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    3310 days ago
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    I'm glad things went so well with your endocrine. I love that you were able to ask all your questions and get them answered, and felt comfortable doing so. It seems to me that some doctors give off a air that makes asking questions hard.

    The car accident sounds scary. Thank goodness no one got severely hurt. Make sure to take special care of yourself until you feel back to 100%.
    3311 days ago
    Glad that you had such a great experience. I love my endocrine too. She takes a long time with each of her patients. She told me to only test once a day but I usually test at least three time, fasting and before and after one meal..notice I said usually..there are days that I only do FBS. Your A1C was great. I love my GP but I am a strong advocate of seeing a specialist for your ailment. (I can't believe the older I get, the more I sound like my mother!!) It sounds like you are doing really well. I have an appointment with my endocrine on Monday. Should be interesting. She was going to take me off my last Metformin at the last visit..hopefully that will happen this time.
    Have a great evening.. Hope your doggies are doing well!!
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    3312 days ago
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    emoticon oh what a wonderful experience with endo & np... sounds like you are in a good direction, and wondering how you had come to think your body wasn't making insulin on it's own... I know there are tests for that, so will be interested to hear what it shows... I do think we can start as one type and end up with both, since they are really different issues... and i've been hearing recently of a new 3rd type 3... i think this is where mumsie falls, and what scares me as i am behind her genetically... i am so thankful always that we have ways to manage this... a century ago it was a whole different story, and i'm hopeful for future generations they may benefit from real cures... how exciting awesome that would be!

    sorry about the car accident, i hope you recover quickly with no sustained injury... (hugs)
    3312 days ago
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