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 see my Endo every six months. Of course I have to travel 350 miles to see him, but he takes that into account. He won't do phone calls or internet appointments, but he wants to see me to see if there are adjustments that need to be made to my pump. He also wants to check to see what if anything else is going on with me. I really believe if you want an effective doctor, you have to have a relationship with them, they have to know you and your situation. And you have to trust them, I think that's built over time. Not every doctor is a good doctor as I am sure ALL of you know.
350 miles!! And I was complaining that if medicare makes me see an endo when I turn 65 I will have to drive an hour over the mountain! I hope it's somewhere you enjoy going anyway!
I found a very supportive and knowledgable Endo, so he's worth the trip. I feel completely at ease when I leave there and so does my husband, which is also important. We feel like he really knows his stuff and are encouraged by his support even when my A1c isn't always where we would like to see it. The one that was in our town made me feel so bad about about having diabetes I wanted to just give up, I felt like what's the use it's going to kill me anyway. Come to find out I wasn't the only one, but I didn't see a doctor at all for over a year because I just couldn't bring myself to go back to that one. Live and learn!
Bravo. You seem to have found a winner!
I haven't ever, but I'm sure I will have to eventually.
I was diagnosed in December and on Insulin in February (I was misdiagnosed by my PCP for the first few months). I started going to the Endo in February and I am in love with the education and the support so I go about every month, sometimes more for the education. I'm in the process of getting my pump right now so I am in constant contact with them through email about lows, highs, and illness, I think that I will be going about 3-4 months regularly for a while.
every 2-3 months to keep on track and keep blood work on schedule.
I find this whole line of conversation very enlightening! I never saw an endo until we moved to another town 12 years ago. For 22 years, before we moved, I visited my internist every 3 months. He was a wonderful doctor, very caring and knowledgeable because of being diabetic himself. Also, his rate was very reasonable. The doctor I have now is very expensive. I was seeing him every 3 months until the economic downturn and rising cost of insurance made it difficult to see him that often, so now I see him every 4 months. It is a revelation to me that diabetics can actually see the doctor less often than that and still do all right. Good to know!
I should add that I want to stay accountable. Now at 17 years with Type 1 diabetes, I am doing lots of things to stay motivated for the long haul. I want to keep learning, keep tweaking, and as I said to my endo several weeks ago, "this old dog is learning new tricks." That said, I am fortunate to have an excellent endo and GP, both of whom are 100% on my team/my side.