My sister was just diagnosed with type 2.  She lives in Gladwyne PA.  Her doctor just gave her Metformin and that's it!  She said she wasn't given a scrip even for a meter.  Her husband is also type 2 and not testing.  I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations for CDEs, RDs, education programs, ANYTHING.

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Marie - There is a great Diabetes doc at Lankanau Hosp. I think her name is Clarissa Levitan. She used to be on the medical staff of Diabetes Forecast, and I met her once at a D expo in Philly. That hospital is near your sister.
Integrated Diabetes Services is actually located just down the road from you in Wynnewood, PA. Gary Scheiner, author of Think Like a Pancreas, is the director of the heath services there. If you can afford an appointment, or even just want to join a support group, this is a great place to do it. Their website is here:
I forgot about Integrated Diabetes Services. I get their newsletter and even heard Gary Scheiner speak at a D program at a hospital near me when I was first Dx'ed. Their phone # 610-642-6055. They would be a big help.
The best CDE on the main line is Gary Scheiner as Rebecca mentioned...he is the best. He is also Type 1 an excellent educator. I've known Gary for more then 12 years. He has remote consultation when you go to his website you will see the different types of communications he uses to consult.
I would recomend my endo; he has offices on city line avenue if you haven't been happy with anyone else yet.
Dr. Levitan is involved in research only at Lankenau Hospital. Should have said in Diabetes research.
When I first found out I was type 2 I had the meter already. I saw it on tv for free so I sent for it. I was pre-diabetic so I would do my accu-check every once in a while. Sometimes we have take charge.
At Temple University Hospital every 2nd Wednesday there is a support group. They have all kinds of experts to talk to you. Please come. It is held right across from the cafateria in room D. Hope you can make it.
I would recomend that your sister and her husband get educted in some fashion ASAP to avoid or delay complications. Most likely their insurance(if they have it) covers a diabetic education course. There are books and magazines (you could give them one for the holidays) and of course websites, such as this one and others.
If the insurance covers diabetes education most hospitals have CDE's on staff.
One of the things I have learned in my life is to not assume anything. If your sister and her husband is on Medicare Bravo is a very good insurance wich do not cost anything. what you pay for part b in Medicare cover it. My testing supplies are all covered. You can also talk to them about meters. I hope this help you.




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