Have you ever felt that something in your life needed to be “recharged”? I have been going to my current diabetes care office for about 14-15 years. When I met my husband, I think I was still seeing my pediatric endo! Fortunately my mother in law worked in one of the local hospital systems and recommended an endocrinologist to me, one that she knew of from the hospital. And so I went. I was pleased with Dr. R and the rest of the staff including both CDEs that I have been seen by. It was under her encouragement that I went on an insulin pump almost 7 years ago. Then about 2-3 years ago (I think) Dr. R left the practice to go somewhere new and since then I have been seeing her replacement, Dr. K. I am very comfortable with this office. They always get back to me and get any paperwork or prescriptions filled out pretty quickly. They even know me by just the sound of my voice! I go for my visits every 3 months like clockwork. I don’t dislike Dr. K at all but sometimes I feel that she may be too easygoing. Only ordering blood work at my own request. Not fully understanding why I have some minor complications after 31+ years. I have been feeling recently that maybe an overhaul of my health team was in need.
This past weekend we were at a friend’s 40th birthday party where I met a fellow person with T1D. We chatted briefly and she asked who my endocrinologist was. She told me hers and said that she loved her. That got me thinking even more. I made a call to this new doctor yesterday to find out if she was accepting new patients. She is, however a referral from a doctor is needed in order to be seen. Even though it sounded strange to me, I went in search of who could provide me with the referral. Lo and behold, my awesome gastroenterologist was willing to provide me with what I needed. And I have an appointment scheduled for early next month. I have such mixed emotions. I’m hopeful that maybe I will love this doctor. I’m scared about seeing someone new and being in a new environment. I feel bad about finding somewhere different, like I’m cheating on my current health team. I’m optimistic that my diabetes management will get the boost it possibly needs. But most of all I’m nervous that it will turn out to be me, the one who has been too laid-back with things.
8 thoughts on “Recharge.”
I totally get all of this but remember this…. you can always go back. Try someplace new, don’t like it, you can go back to Dr. K… or even go somewhere else. I always found the biggest issue was just getting my medical records transferred but it’s doable. Go gett’em Tiger! Hopefully it’ll be the change you are looking for! xo
I think trying a new endo / office is definitely a good thing!! Hopefully it will be an improvement. If not you can return to your old endo. And if you find out it’s you that’s been too laid-back, then you can fix that!! 🙂 Yay for you!!
I’ve struggled with that – when everything is okay but not great. Going to appointments for nothing but labs. Hopefully this change up will be just what you need!
i call that feeling “comfortably uncomfortable”, and i think you’ve done a good thing by deciding on change. staying in that zone isn’t good for anybody. hopefully the new endo is just who you need. best of luck!
Good luck with the new endo. I think sometimes our health can benefit from the perspective of a new doctor.
You already have a new doctor, but switching to a new practice might give you a whole new perspective — and you’ll see things as you never have before. Try it. As Alecia said, you can always go back.
Good luck! Keep us posted on how the new doc is going and yeah, you can always switch back 🙂