.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 some help.
I'm sick, I'm sad, I'm angry, and I am again frustrated. NUTS!
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