My final endocrinologist appointment of 2012 is in a week or so. I’m hoping that the oft-dreaded blood work will adequately reflect the changes to my diet and exercise routines that I’m trying to stick with. I know that a less-than-stellar A1c doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m on the wrong path, but sometimes it’s nice to get some immediate feedback on things like this. At least that’s how my mind works at times.
I hope to be a few days in to my first Dexcom G4 sensor by the time that appointment comes around too. If you’ve been paying attention lately, I trust you’ve noticed my general excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the impending arrival of my Platinum. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that my excitement may not be shared by my endocrinologist.
I think apathy is the best way to put it. I don’t think it’s a matter of disliking technology. And I know he understands (and hopefully) respects continuous glucose monitoring technology, but something tells me he doesn’t actively campaign for or recommend CGMs to his patients.
Not once in my 10 years with a busted pancreas has he ever mentioned the idea of switching to an insulin pump. Granted, I have no desire to do so, and maybe he’s gathered that from his own observations but you’d think it might have come up over the 40+ meetings we’ve had since diabetes is pretty much the only interest we have in common.
There’s a similar story with my Dexcom. Patients are responsible for bringing the 30-day record of blood glucose readings and the initial paperwork, but prior to meeting Dayle and learning about her CGM experiences and reading about Dexcom on Kerri’s blog, I hadn’t heard anything from my endocrinologist before I brought it up. Not once has he asked for, explicitly requested, or even remotely suggested bringing Dexcom reports to him for our meeting.
If this is how he “feels” about my Seven Plus, is it safe to assume the same ho-hum-ness about my newly acquired G4? I’m not necessarily looking for specific advise on how to interpret the data (yet), but I would kill for a little on-topic back and forth instead of the same basic questions I get every three months.
Should I be disappointed by all of this? If I really want tangible medical feedback outside of anecdotes from the online community, should I just seek out a Certified Diabetes Educator? Is it wrong to wish my diabetes team have a little more passion?
Are any of you dealing with one-sided enthusiasm with your diabetes technology? What have you done to get past it?