On the search for a doctor again

By Chanze Latest Reply 2012-05-11 21:19:27 -0500
Started 2012-03-30 13:21:54 -0500

My doctor decided to discontinue seeing me as of last November. There was 0 warning, 0 discussion and even when I tried calling to see what was going on I could not even get a return phone call. I was sent a set of doctors that his practice recommends to the other patients but now I keep on going back through the fact that my lowest h1ac with him was a 9, and he never really told me to change anything in regards to insulin or anything like that so i'm a bit irritated. Granted I'm 32 yrs old and have dealt with this for over 20 years now but my first real doctor was so proactive and now I cant find that anymore. He wanted to see my blood sugars now its like the ones I am finding don't even look at them. Next week I go to our family doctor to get his recommendation for a new endo, and I am irritated and scared that it will be the same thing all over again. Which is why I put it off for this long in the first place.

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forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-05-11 21:19:27 -0500 Report

You are right, Good Doc's are sure few and far in between who's actually concerned for the well being of the 1 who pays them to help with (treatment of the diabetes is about you, not the Doc).

Chanze 2012-04-09 15:20:33 -0500 Report

Went to the doctor today I really liked him and he did things in a way I understood with ease. Now working on getting into the federal health pool insurance and trying to explain to my husband who has never dealt with insurance before in his life why it is a good thing.

Caroltoo 2012-04-09 15:24:34 -0500 Report

Sounds like it was a good day for you, Chance. Glad to hear this.

Chanze 2012-04-09 15:28:44 -0500 Report

it was but I also got sideswiped with t2 diagnosis on top of already having t1 which has me reeling a little bit here as well as high chlorostrol an abnormal pulse etc and apparently the inability to spell atm the good news though is I like the doc and his methods

Caroltoo 2012-04-09 15:55:48 -0500 Report

A good, informative doctor will help you through a lot of that. The T2 has to be a surprise though. Sorry, but since it is essentially insulin resistance and there is much you can do to increase your insulin sensitivity by changing your dietary choices. As a T2, I've had to reduce my carb intake considerably to regain my insulin sensitivity, but it did work for me. There are lots of food and exercise postings which may be a big help for you when you get to where you want to start working on that piece of this puzzle. Do watch your stress level because that is definitely also a big part of the T2 equation.

Chanze 2012-04-09 15:59:00 -0500 Report

right now its just the shock of it, the doc and me mapped out a plan for it including eating out less cooking more less carbs and eventually once im on CGM we are going to add in the pill to try to drop my daily dose below 100 u /day. But mostly atm its shock added to husband not understanding how hard it was to hear that and drive home alone while getting insurance paperwork put together and all he heard out of the entire conversation is I have to get a new pump. there are just days like today where he would understand that I get where he is coming from but I try to do everything within my power to not blow our budget to bits.

Caroltoo 2012-04-09 16:08:03 -0500 Report

Oh, good to hear the doctor is already on top of this. You did find a good one!

Give yourself time to get over the shock. It's a really natural way to respond and, sometimes, I've wondered how much someone who doesn't share the experience can really comprehend the sense of terror, disbelief, and anger that we feel when it happens. This is a good place to talk about that cause you know we have all felt it at one time or another.

With a little time, your husband will come to grips with it. Financial needs are scary to all of us. When he stops to think about it in a cooler moment, he will realize that you are more important to him than the expense. He'll get it.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-30 22:15:30 -0500 Report

You can ask your family dr to find out why the other dr won't see you any more. You could always stop in and talk to office manager as well.

GabbyPA 2012-03-30 13:33:56 -0500 Report

Putting it off is not going to help and I can see where you are coming from. No one wants to go to the doctor to get yelled at or scolded. I know I don't. But if you go and get a new endo who will work with you, it will be worth the efforts.

It is so hard to find doctors that seem to care anymore. They are out there, so don't give up your search.

Chanze 2012-03-30 13:39:58 -0500 Report

I think most of it is when I was growing up with it I had a team, everything from nutritionist to eye doctor and they all worked together really well. When I married my husband I lost my insurance coverage and that team refused to take cash payments for services. Been looking for a team that works that well together since then and keep on coming up very short.

The doc I lost really just said you know what you are doing wrong fix it when we had drove 2 hours to get in there to see him.

GabbyPA 2012-03-30 13:46:46 -0500 Report

Can you believe it that they won't take cash?! I ran into that as well, that's why I don't have an endo. They won't take self pay patients. What a bunch of bull hockey.

Yes, I do suppose we know what we are doing wrong....sometimes. Other times our bodies are on some mission of confusion all their own. It is not that simple and it bothers me when they think it is. Medicine and understanding the body starts with knowing that each one is different. I hope you find a good one who will work with you, even when things are though.

annesmith 2012-04-01 01:39:29 -0500 Report

The same thing happened to me..they would no longer take cash payments ( this was in 2008), and I have gone an entire 4 years with no endo , and I found a general practitioner, and the first day I saw him he read my chart and said " I disagree with your last endo..I'm going to change everything." I paused, and said " But my last endo found everything without a doubt..I can understand you disagreeing with some of it, but I honestly don't know how you justify changing everything." He shrugged and said " Well, that's the way I feel." I said " Forget everything, then..just give me my bill, and have a nice day." Sounds cruel of me..I rarely get mad or disagree with any doctor, but, it taught me real quick—do NOT go for a general practitioner for diabetes, as they will generalize everything out—it's not really their fault, as they were trained that way in medical school—-I was just disappointed, because the receptionist guaranteed me he was an outstanding doctor for diabetes…ANNE

Chanze 2012-03-30 13:49:47 -0500 Report

Just set up an appointment for Monday April 9th now have 2 weeks to prepare for my ears to ring like no tomorrow. Its a new endo that just came to town so here is praying for the best.