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I just came back from my appointment with my endo. I didn’t go in with particularly high expectations, but I still came out feeling kind of low (and I don’t mean my blood sugar).
It all started in a typical exam room when a friendly physician’s assistant came in to check my height, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and all that fun stuff. Then she leafed through that blue folder with my first and last name on it making sure everything is in order. Height, weight, BP, BG, pulse properly recorded: check. Eye doctor report: check. A1C results —
That was in there too.
Then she closed the folder and carried it out of the room.
It’s tough to find a good doctor to help manage diabetes. It’s also tough to know if the doctor you have is a good one.
As of some time earlier this month (I don’t know the exact date) I’ve had Type diabetes for 31 years. In those years, I’ve had many different doctors care for my diabetes. Looking back at them, I realize how different each one is from the next. Some are good at telling you that you’re not doing well (or kicking you in the pants when you don’t). Others are good at maintaining the status quo: writing prescriptions and keeping track of various metrics (A1C, height, weight) without ever really knowing you. And every once in a while, you come across a real gem – someone who really can make a difference – who can surprise an old dog by teaching him new tricks. (Yes, sadly, I now consider myself an “old dog”.)
Two weeks ago, I wrote about making an appointment with the ophthalmologist. Yesterday was the day, and the day went surprisingly well.
Making the walk from my house to the office was easy – it took about 10 minutes. It was also kind of cloudy. This is good, I thought. It’ll make my walk home that much easier. I brought my laptop with me to pass the time.