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10 months ago  ::  Jul 15, 2013 - 3:44PM #6
nancy13
Posts: 167

I have been accepted by a PA in an Endocrinology Clinic of a major medical center. YA!!!! I am very excited, first visitis October.Nancy13

11 months ago  ::  Jun 30, 2013 - 11:26AM #5
copperhairpin
Posts: 856
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I am glad that you have a situation now that you can be happy about.  I get all of my diabetic care from my pcp because I can keep my numbers to an acceptable level.  But Hal needed the extra care from an endo. 


Those that are on dLife are so fortunate because there are so many avenues of education that I don't think most diabetics in the real world have access too.  I never knew much about diabetes at all until I join and didn't have a way to get it.  Just basic nutritional class is all.


I hope everybody is safe and happy with their diabetic life this morning.


Sally

Sally
11 months ago  ::  Jun 29, 2013 - 9:17PM #4
nancy13
Posts: 167

We made the decision that I am sticking with my current PCP, what a stress off of me. I am happy. I will have her do an appointment with a large hospital PA who works with diabetes. Nancy13

11 months ago  ::  Jun 29, 2013 - 7:21PM #3
nancy13
Posts: 167

Sally, I don't drive due to my vision . Haven't in 20 years. I got word back from my previous endo, he has switched to family practice. The bad is I like my PCP a lot, but far away. He would be fairly local,local lab work, Local smaller hospital. Ten minutes away.  I liked him as an endo a lot. Dh would have 7 less times of driving to the city. I need to think long and hard about this issues of support for my diabetes and larger health care vs. local care,less travel. Iam so stressed....over this.  I also need to talk to my daughter who is an FNP.  Nancy13

11 months ago  ::  Jun 29, 2013 - 9:46AM #2
copperhairpin
Posts: 856
type2

I do understand what you mean Nancy.  We drive about 20 minutes to a small city located here.  They have offered a nutritional training course for six weeks with a Certified Diabetes person for six weeks to train diabetics how to properly shop and how many carbs to use and etc.  But that is all.  The endo that Hal finally is going to see is new in town and travels here for two days a week from a major city.  He is the first one in town I believe. 


Back home we were pretty isolated where I lived.  PCPs treated diabetes with what knowledge that they had.  Had to travel a hour to get to the major city of Tucson to even home to get an education from a certified diabetes expert and a lot of traveling to complete that course over six weeks.  If we wanted to see an endo doctor we would have had to have travel into Tucson, and no telling how far.  No one from back home was referred to an endo.  There are definitely disadvantages in living in rural Arizona.  You have to travel long distances to get to major cities to get the best doctors.  All the other specialists were in Tucson too for various specialists with a lot of traveling.  If you didn't have transportation and gas for the long trips you were just out of luck.


In the little city we travel too is about 15 to 20 minutes and has a hospital and specialists.  Lord help me if there ever comes a time that Hal won't be able to drive because I don't drive.  The shuttle services from the city come here but I used it once and it cost me $80 back and fourth.  I can't afford that and only used it once when Hal was in ICU.


The older we are and the more health problems we have the more I wish that we could afford to move to the little city.  There are no doctors at all in the little town that we live in but we do have good transportation in an emergency to get to the ER at the hospital in the little city.  That is something.


Sally

Sally
11 months ago  ::  Jun 28, 2013 - 8:13PM #1
nancy13
Posts: 167
As I previously posted my endo left. But relocated near me. My PCP did a referral for me but it was to a CDE, who is like the gate keeper to the endo. does anyone else see this where they live we do not have many endow in the bigger,small city 40 miles away.  Just curious?  nancy13
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