I had to switch endos last year. My beloved endo at Georgetowne U left and I had to scramble. Saw the replacement almost a year ago. In our conversation, he asked if I was only using him to "update" my pump and CGM supplies. It is true--once a year is my norm. Calls? No one answers or gets back to me for days, so I gave that up a long time ago. My PCP writes my scrips, does my bloodwork, etc.
How often do you visit?
I generally visit my endo about every 3 months...
If something special going on - as pregnancy - would see him every month during that time.
I go every 3 months or so. I figure sooner or later, BCBS will balk at paying for it but my endo seems to think that she needs to see me if I'm determined to run my BG where I run it? Not that she tells me anything. I could probably talk my way out of it or something but just don't bother.
I don't see an endo or CDE. I go see my PCP when I need refill of prescriptions or have other medical issues.
I figure if I land in the hospital for something else, the endo needs current information on my lantus and humalog I:C ratios & sensitivity.
He also needs to remember me. I ensure that by telling him something he can log and smile about.
Once a year I need prescriptions.
So it's twice annually. A1c & all labs are done by the internist; I carry these over.
I have put my endo in the "if you need him you've got one" slot.
Every 3 months. I also have very low bone density, so 2 fer one. I've thought about abandoning the endo for my wonderful PCP, but if I end up with an emergency or problem I'd be up the creek...
Can I ask why the Endo assists with the low bone density? I recently hurt my foot and the Doc said that I had low bone density and I am at a lost for what to do about it. I'm lactose intolerant and have been for 6 years so I think that may have something to do with it. I started taking Calcium supplements on my own recommendation, but I don't know who to discuss it with.
I have a lot of bone loss brought on like a house afire from some of the drugs I took post-cancer. I did a 2 year course of a daily injectable parathyroid hormone rx'd by the endo. My oncologist referred me to him both for the bone density issues and the flood of D symptoms I was having.
Just make sure that the endo you sees is familiar with issues other than D.
Well, osteoporosis can actually be a hormone problem. Vitamin D turns out to have a big role in calcium metabolism and in the loss of bone density. My endo always tests and adjusts my vitamin D supplementation.
He wants me to see him every 3-4 months, which is a bit excessive to be honest, and I don't see the point in it much. Hopefully we don't have to keep repeating this cycle forever...
I'm sorry but I always find it a bit puzzling when someone says "He wants me to see him every 3-4 months...which I find a bit excessive". Then why do you agree to it? We are consumers (of services). If your mechanic, hairdresser for women or even your dentist said "see my every 3-4 months" would you do it even though you didn't think it necessary for you? This came up in another thread. I think doctors telling us how often to come, or what med we must take is money grubbing and paternalistic! They work for us, after all! Just my opinion.