We have been richly blessed to see a wonderful endocrinologist for the last several years. He is smart, caring, and intuitive. James likes him. He also trusts me and helps me with everything I need. He’s seen us through growth spurts and illnesses and drastic changes in insulin regimens. He’s been supportive of our multiple attempts at getting continuous glucose management to work for us. He’s trusted us and allowed us to follow our hunches. He’s great to work with and always responsive. We’re going to miss him.

It is truly with sadness that we are moving on to a new practice. Why are we moving, you ask? To be honest, it’s largely a matter of logistics. With four kids getting older and busier all the time, the two-hour drive to see our beloved doctor was just getting to be too difficult. During one stretch last year I realized I postponed our endo appointment three times. I simply feel that checking in with an endocrinologist is too important, and the distance was keeping us from following best practices.

So our new endocrinologist is five minutes away. That’s right, FIVE. So our round-trip travel time has been reduced from four hours to 10 minutes. I can now think of few excuses why we won’t be able to visit the endocrinologist, and I do think that this is a really important thing. It also sets a better example for James, and that’s something I’m really striving to work on.

Although I’ve done my “research” about this doctor (by talking to other local type 1 moms!), I’m still a little nervous. I like that she seems to be very technology-friendly. We try to embrace the new and latest-and-greatest stuff and have seen huge improvements in treatment protocol and in devices even just in the years since James was diagnosed. That kind of “modernity” is pretty essential for me.

I also need to feel trusted. I don’t purport to have as much knowledge as an M.D., but I do think I’m an “expert” in James’ care. My prior endocrinologist respected this, and it made our communications much easier.

Time shall tell if our move was the right choice. Will James like her? Will I be able to follow what she is saying? Will she be there for us during an emergency? Will my endless requests to try new products drive her batty? Will my barrage of pointed questions during the visit be answered satisfactorily?

I have yet to see! We have our endocrinologist appointment in less than one month. Here’s hoping she’s worth the drive!


Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.


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