I tend to “reward” myself with two things: new nail polish or fancy drinks from Starbucks. With my skinny chai tea latte in hand, I prepared myself for what was about to happen: the endo appointment *cue dramatic music*.
I’m going to be honest, I was going into this appointment with a slightly sour mood. You see, I had been informed via a piece of paper in the mail that my appointment date, time, and DOCTOR had been changed. When I called to inquire, they told me that my current doctor wasn’t seeing patients right now. I felt like I had been dumped. I’ve been seeing this doctor 4 times a year for about 5 years. She’s the one that worked with me to get my best A1c in years at my last appointment. But now she left without a letter of explanation or even a goodbye! Did our time together mean nothing to you, Dr. H?! I thought we had a connection, I thought you were there for me…
So while I was sure this new doctor who I have never met before would be fine, I was still a little bitter. I also knew that my A1c would not be as good as last time. I had been running high during the night, for a few weeks when I had an infection, and had slipped up on some of the bad habits I’ve been working to change. I just didn’t know how much higher it would be.
So I sat in the exam room waiting to meet this new doctor and hear my A1c, while catching up on other Dblogs (might as well do something enjoyable while I wait). When she walked in, she was all smiles. We introduced ourselves and she told me my A1c was 7.0. Eh not the amazingness I’m hoping for, but I’m okay with it for now. Recap: started in November at 8.0, then 7.2, then 6.7 (!!!), and now back up to 7.0. Since there hasn’t really been much of a pattern to my highs and lows, the doctor didn’t really make any adjustments. I know what I need to work on and so that’s what I’ll do. She ordered some blood work and I was on my way. I did learn something interesting though. The doctor wanted to do a blood test for celiacs disease. I know that diabetics are at a much higher risk for celiacs, but I thought that you’d only test someone if they were having stomach pains. She told me that most people are asymptomatic and don’t even know they have it. I’ll know in a few days if I can cross this autoimmune disease off my list.
While not much of an enlightening appointment, I’m glad it’s over. A year ago, I would have been thrilled with the results, but now I’ve set my sights higher. My goal for next appointment is to get back into the 6’s: 6.7 or lower. Also to find a new doctor that’s closer to where I live. Since I’m basically starting over with a doctor anyways, I rather have one that isn’t a 40 minute drive away. And preferably one that “gets me” and actually makes adjustments. I think it’s about time.
So did Dr. H leave practice completely or was it just something of a rescheduling at that point for whatever the reason? I got a letter early in the year from an endo with type 1 who I had been trying to see for several months, saying that he was leaving practice and suggesting others. It seems odd that someone would not do that… huh. Glad to hear the new endo did the celiac test, though – that's a relatively new recommendation from one of the D-orgs, that every doc test for celiac and diagnosis. And I've heard some talk about just doing it for all their PWDs if it hasn't been done before. Hope the new endo works out!
It's slightly unclear, one person just said she's leaving the practice to focus on research and someone else said she may be back in a year so we'll see. I think it's time to find a new one anyway so this may have been just the push I needed.
Interesting about being tested for celiac disease. I've never had any tummy issues either but I've never been tested, maybe I should check with my doc next visit. Great A1C! Congrats 🙂