Yesterday I had my first appointment with a new endo. I did not have very high expectations because she is in the same clinic as my last one but I was prepared with my questions for her and I also brought in a copy of my letter to the previous endo. I went through the weigh in and blood sugar, A1C routine. I have lost 8 pounds since I was last there in May, my blood sugar was 91, and my A1C was 6.4%. I went in to the exam room and Dr. L came in and introduced herself. I introduced myself, and said, before we get started could you please just read this, and handed her the copy. When she finished reading it she said "I'm sorry" and I hope you and I can do a better job of managing your diabetes but you are in charge and I am here to help as much as I can. We spent 1 1/2 hours together. She did a complete neuro exam, thorough foot exam, and told me exactly what she was doing while she was doing it. But mostly we just talked or mostly I talked and she listened. I told her I wanted to try a fast acting insulin with a shorter tail than humalog and she suggested apridra and we went through the insulin fridge which was completely stocked with samples of every type of product available and I got a few apridra pens. The walls were lined with glucometers of every description so I grabbed some freestyle strips for the Insulinx meter. At the end of the appointment I told her I intended on getting my A1C down even further the next time I saw her, and she was very encouraging. She said if you can do it with a minimum of hypos then I would be thrilled for you.
I realize this was the first appointment, and it is unlikely she will have 90 minutes to spend with me when I see her in 3 months. But this is how healthcare should be. This is how we should all be treated and I am so happy I switched.