I go to my endo about every three to four months depending on his availability and my schedule. He’s a busy man and I know I am lucky to have him as my doctor. But I HATE how long it takes me to get through my appointment. Here’s the rundown:
- My meter, pump, and CGM are downloaded and I am weighed and my blood pressure is taken. That’s quick. (10 minutes)
- I go into another “lab” to get my finger poked and my A1C test is done. It sucks my insurance doesn’t cover this test but I love how I get the results within 10 minutes. (5 minutes)
- I am escorted into a room and wait for usually a Certified Diabetes Educator. (10 minutes)
- We go over any changes, troubles I may be having, suggestions, questions, thoughts, prescription refills. (15 minutes)
- After she has finished, I wait. (20 minutes)
- Then I am moved to a room across the hall and… I wait. (20 minutes)
- Doctor comes in and we high five. (Awesome second)
Alright, so the high five doesn’t actually happen but I pretend it does.
But in all honesty I can’t hate on waiting for my doctor. Why? Because he takes as much time as I want and/or need. I have questions about rising sugars at night? I’m trying to lose weight and keep going low? I’m traveling overseas and need to figure out the time change? Any teeny tiny thing I want to talk about, he does. And he doesn’t rush me. He gets answers for me. We talk about options and different ways we can go about treating me. He makes me feel comfortable and confident talking to him. There’s a reason my a1c is in great shape. So much of it has to do with him.
I hate to admit this but I will. I was diagnosed in 1996 and after five years of living with it, I hated life. (Diabetes life) My a1c was around a 12.8. My doctor at the time made me feel like a terrible person. He shamed and guilted me. (yeah I know it’s not a word) Every time my mom drove me to the doctor I would get this pit in my stomach. I felt like nothing I did was ever good enough so I stopped trying all together. Oh and did I mention I was 13? And losing weight by not taking insulin? Yeah… life.
Then I switched to the Barbara Davis Center and met Dr. Gottlieb. Thank goodness. At my first visit he said, “Well your a1c is a bit high but we can work to get it lower. Let’s see what you are comfortable with and we’ll go from there.” And from there, I turned my a1c around. It took me about three more years to get a serious grip on it but hey, I got there. Now I am proud to say that 12.8 a1c is down to a 5.7. I know it took a lot of work on my end but I really have to thank Dr. Gottlieb. People say, “it takes a village to raise a child”. In my opinion “it takes an amazing staff and doctor to keep an a1c in check”.
So when I get antsy waiting on him I have to think to myself, he’s helping another patient just like me. I’d hate it if he shuttled me in and out under three minutes so it’s okay. Take a deep breath and deal.
P.S. I’ve been watching a ton of Scrubs lately so… EAAGGGGLLLEEEE!