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Friendo

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Mental Health, Real Life Diabetes By September 10, 2018 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

friendo (n.) – An endocrinologist who brings expertise, experience, and engages with a high level of empathy.  ex.  “My endocrinologist is kind of my friend.  And my endo.  They’re my friendo.” Last week, I had my quarterly visit with my endocrinologist. Our clinician/patient relationship is still in its fledgling stage, and we’re definitely still getting to know the pros and…

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Not the Flu

Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By February 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

A wicked little tickle in the back of my throat. Some nausea. No fever, but checking it ten times a day to make sure still no fever. A massive headache. Blood sugars stuck around 130 – 180 mg/dL but not too spikey. No ketones. My anxiety is pretty damn peaky these days, and the aggressive flu season isn’t helping take…

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A Billing Code for Empathy

Healthcare, No Diabetes, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 11, 2018 Tags: , , , 10 Comments

“You have a nice bedside manner.  I don’t feel stupid being honest about the health concerns I have. And I don’t feel like you’re judging me when I tell you my A1C went up; that makes it easier to be honest with you about where I struggle.” “I really appreciate that,” she said. I’m in the process of switching to…

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Building a Healthcare Team

Healthcare, No Diabetes, Real Life Diabetes By September 8, 2017 Tags: , , 12 Comments

Since deciding that our family of four was the maximum number of people to be in our family (read: no more babies), I’ve been working to transition as much of my healthcare team from Boston to Rhode Island.  After almost 30 years at the Joslin Clinic, this has been a tough transition, because I’m so used to their style and…

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What to Work On.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes and Emotions, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 9, 2017 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

I’ve gotten lazy in my diabetes management.  And I’m not proud of it.  My recent A1C result was still in my goal range but not where it was a few months ago, and I’d love to return to that level of control.  Thing is, I’ve gone soft when it comes to following through on my daily diabetes duties. Yeah.  I’m…

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Participate in Research: Peds to Adult Endo Care.

Diabetes Online Community By December 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

As an adult with type 1 diabetes who, a hundred years ago, transitioned from pediatric care to adult care, I have a ton of interest in how that process takes place. There are so many factors that play into making that transition effective.  Does the child have a chance to talk one-on-one with their doctor as they get older?  Is…

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Mystery Date.

Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 20, 2016 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

There was a board game marketed to girls back in the 60’s that resurfaced again in the 90’s, and that’s when I met Mystery Date.  It was a silly game where you tried to assemble an outfit for a date and then you opened the little plastic door to see if your outfit matched that of the Mystery Date guy.  (For example:…

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Being a Rotten Patient.

Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy By August 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 15 Comments

Yesterday, I was a rotten patient. At this point in my previous pregnancy, I had already been in hospital on bedrest for two weeks, so this whole rolling around on the “outside” while a few days shy of 37 weeks pregnant is new to me.  The emotions I felt on bedrest were really volatile and I cried a lot and…

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Just a Job.

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By July 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

“I’m just a medical assistant, so my job isn’t as important,” she said as she took my blood pressure and entered the data into my digital file. “Seriously?  How can you say that?  You probably have more face-to-face moments with patients than the doctors do.  You set the tone for the appointment.  What you do matters.”  I paused.  “Take my…

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Reimbursements.

Healthcare By June 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

“I’m not positive I can make it in for that appointment, since I’m traveling for work for the majority of those weeks.  Would it be possible for me to send my device data by email and have you review it for any issues?” Without pausing, my endo said, “Yes, we can do that.” We’ve seen a lot of one another…

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