It's officially fall, folks. Chilly dark mornings with lots of layers.
This fall I am in need of an appointment with my endo. I will preface this by saying: my last visit to the local endocrinology clinic was ABYSMAL. I waited 4.5 hours to see my endocrinologist who had an incredibly ignorant student with her, and paid little attention to me. I lost a half days of work and was basically just told to lose weight because my diabetes was "brittle". Despite my teary visit previous, I called the office, and was promptly (and rudely) told that there is a 6-9 month waiting list. I expressed my displeasure as I had been there in April and was sent for some tests and was asked by my endocrinologist to come back in 3 months. I was also told that my CDE (nurse) was away for a year and was replaced temporarily by someone with whom I have no repertoire. I have yet to find a family doctor with whom I feel comfortable. The one I found recently is on many international panels for Type 2 Diabetes. I thought it would be a great fit. But my questions to him about treating my T1 ended up with a puzzled look on his face. He then told me he doesn't do pap tests and I would have to find another GP to do those tests on me. Back to the drawing board.
In light of all of this, I contacted another diabetes clinic (no endocrinologist, but others on staff), after three calls being returned to me asking me what exactly I want, and being told I will get followed up with. I have given up on trying there too. I am not sure how to explain what I want. I want support, I want to be followed up with. I want someone to look at these thyroid, A1C, and hormone tests and tell me what they mean. I want advice on how to combat my dawn phenomenon without starving myself. And advice on how to micro adjust my night time basals so I don't have to eat almost every night which is making losing weight IMPOSSIBLE. I want someone to tell me they are LISTENING and TAKING ACTION.
I am reaching out in every way possible. I am accountable for every gram of carbs I put in my mouth and exercise 3 times a week at least, I check my sugar 10-12 times a day, I am doing my part. I want someone else with expertise to do theirs.
I am considering putting an RFP** out for a doctor. I would LOVE to have a doctor who actually cares about his/her work so much that they can tell me what they can do for me. It's not hard.
At least I didn't think it was...
**An RFP is a 'request for proposal' in which businesses will bid for clients through clearly explaining how they would complete the project requested in a certain timeframe and budget. It's most commonly used by government departments, but some private clients use it as well.