Sunday, May 09, 2010

a new diabetes doctor

on friday i went to meet my new diabetes specialist. for those of you who have been following this blog for a while you might know that i've been incredibly blessed in the past with a brilliant specialist team, even though they were an hour away. and before that i had a doctor who had no idea how insulin pumps functioned, or could be beneficial to me.

so, in an effort to stay a little greener and closer to home, my old specialist referred me back to my local hospital where there is now a small specialist team. so a good five or six years after leaving, i returned.

i was quite nervous. i had not had brilliant times at this hospital, and the paediatric doctor's even made me cry at one point (not good, i don't respond well to tough love or misinformed criticism). so after a little wait, the doctor introduced himself and called me into his office.

and thankfully he was brilliant! he asked me all the appropriate questions, and answered all of mine in plenty of detail so i understood. his advice was knowledgable and came from a really solid understanding of what living with an insulin pump is actually like; which is really helpful!

having a good specialist working alongside you is the best thing ever. people are different, so it's important to get someone whose advice you respect and are willing to follow. it's obviously different in the uk, the us and other countries, but i believe that everyone has the right to good patient care, and it's important to make sure you are getting the best treatment possible.

have you ever had a bad experience from a doctor? or have you also been blessed with a really encouraging and supportive team of doctors?

i hope you are all well ♥

2 comments:

Toucan Scraps said...

before TJ was diagnosed with diabetes the pediatrician accussed us of malnutrition for over 1 1/2 years. We were constantly fighting child protection threats. He was so convinced it was our fault on our strange diet that he didn't look for a medical problem. Still no appology.
We were still under the same Dr after diagnosis, but insisted on seeing the junior Dr - she at least treated us with respect. She has now become the pump specialist, so switching to the pump means we are under her primary care, and his as secondary.
Glad you are findng your new Dr is a good one. Welldone for finding a more local Dr to look after you.

howtochangeipaddress said...

Yeah I had a lot of bad experiences.
I hate when I get a doctor who's so unstable, bad confidence.. it kinda pass on.
You should check out my diabetes blog.