Last July, I wrote a post about my struggles to find an endocrinologist in Richmond. I thought I had found a good one finally. She was nice and seemed to know a lot but as I’ve continued to see her, I’m getting more and more discouraged. Here is how my appointment went today:
9AM appointment, was taken back right at 9AM on the dot (at least that was nice). Nurse took my BP-120/64 pretty darn good. She didn’t check my blood sugar or take my pump to download or anything.
Doctor came in around 9:05AM.
Doctor Your A1C was 6.8, great job! How have you been doing recently?
Me (To myself thinking 6.8 isn’t that great if I’m trying to get pregnant but anyways) I’m good, nothing much going on. The main change is I haven’t been running lately.
Doctor Oh ok, well running is good so maybe try to pick that back up.
Me OK, will try. I have two big races coming up over the next month.
Doctor Good, so how has your insulin been?
Me (To myself-hmm what is she asking? Insulin hasn’t gone bad?) It’s been fine, I’ve been basal testing recently to try and get better control. Do you want my new basal rates?
Me I tell her my new rates.
Doctor OK well things seem good, all your blood work was great so how about you come back in 6 weeks?
Me (To myself-what?! you aren’t even going to look over my numbers? That’s IT?!) OK, thanks. Oh and I wondered if you could write me a prescription for a different meter. I’ve heard good things about the Contour Next Link, it takes less blood than my One Touch Ultra and I’ve heard it’s more reliable.
Doctor Well, all meters are basically the same, it’s just a personal preference. But OK, I’ll get the new prescription for you.
Me (To myself-not what I’ve heard at all…there is the whole Strip Safely campaign and there is clear evidence that some meters aren’t as reliable as others). Thanks.
I was out the door by 9:10AM-FIVE minute appointment and $50 later.
Seriously, that is how my appointment went. I have to know, do I have too high expectations from an endocrinologist???!! I read blogs where people love their endo. Mine endo is really nice but she offers me zero guidance in help with my diabetes. Maybe it’s because she thinks I don’t need any help because my A1C is good? I would think she would at least want to review my blood sugars.
I did get a test strip prescription out of the visit so that was good I guess. But seriously, are my expectations too high? I was at least expecting her to review my CGM/pump data or even review ONE day of blood sugars/anything.
What sort of value do you get out of an endocrinologist visit? What am I doing wrong? Do I need to keep looking for a new endo? This endo is at an office of a doctor that was recommended to me but when I called to make an appointment for the recommended endo, she was booked up for a while so I made an appointment with my current endo. Would it be bad to switch to a different doctor at the same office? Or is this all I should be expecting from an endocrinologist visit?! I’m so confused.
On the plus side, my A1C is 6.8. I wouldn’t have minded if it was a little lower but I was expecting it to be around 7 so at least it was still below seven. And I have started to see a great Diabetes Educator at Integrated Diabetes Services. I have only been working with Gary for one week and already I’ve had some great help with my diabetes. I’m really beginning to wonder what is the point of an endocrinologist. Sigh…