As I am walking out, feeling pretty
fine, my CNP stops me and says, she needs to talk to me away from the
clinic. She is leaving! WHAT THE HECK!? She is leaving the clinic,
she as the manager has been dealt enough poopoo, that she has decided
that as much as she loves this job, and the patients, it is taking
quite a toll on her physically. So at the end of April she will be
gone. OMG! She has been my "doc" for 22 years, she gave my boys their
first shots; she diagnosed my diabetes, she's walked me through all the
ups and downs and this and more. Now what?
She was running late, and according to her, everyone is watching her, so we'd talk more about this, she'd explain more later...
So, now I have to make some tough, and I mean tough decisions....
1. Do I stay with this clinic? Have the other CNP (who is also well
versed and experienced in diabetic issues) take over my care? Do I
wait to see who the new person is...even though I don't care.
(Remember we are in a very rural area where medical professionals are
hard to come by, and not all docs in the area are well versed or
educated on diabetes nor the care of people with diabetes; and not all
docs are accepting new patients)
2. Do I start calling around and find out who is accepting new
patients? And make a "get to know you appointment?" There are two
docs, that I have met and am impressed with their knowledge and
manner. One is a diabetic, one did much of his internship and
residency in a diabetic hospital in the Twin Cities. But they are both
in a clinic that is not known for treating Medicaid or Medicare
patients with respect.
3. Do I take a PA or the doc that oversees them at another clinic; and
wait until their hospital (who is doing diabetic research in a BIG
way) and schedule an appointment with them?
4. What do I ask....??????
So I am not asking about the first three questions, more the fourth
one. If you have some questions that you feel I should ask, for a type
II, on oral meds (amaryl, Januvia and metformin) losing weight, and
eating as healthy as money provides....what would you ask? I haven't
had to do this in a very (obviously) long time, so I am looking for
I'm sick, I'm sad, I'm angry, and I am again frustrated. NUTS!