She really is an excellent trainer. She actually thought I was coming in for Tslim X2 training (I wish!) but then saw the updated note for Omnipod. She takes her time and doesn’t rush things.
I did shave for the next one and it seems to be much better. I used cream but didn’t change the blade. I guess I should have done that. Oh well.
If you guys don’t mind a story, let me tell you how I found this office:
My old endo was an old school Indian (from India) doctor where the staff cowered behind him and never doubted him nor walked in front of him. He set the rules and they were to be followed without explanation. When, foe example, I asked about counting carbs vs sliding scale on my pump, I was told it wasn’t done here. When I asked why, he said he could barely get his patients to do sliding scale. When I asked him about my trying, he told me to just stick with the program and we don’t do things like that here. He insists on only using Medtronic and Dexcom and won’t even entertain other pumps/CGMSs. I fired him.
While googling I found an organization called Taking control of your Diabetes and that they were having a conference in St. Louis. My wife and I went, and an endo in the area gave a great talk that my wife sat in on while I went on one about cooking. He was taking new patients, so I went to interview him. He told me to give him a year, and he’d cut my meds in half. I told him that was fine, but that I was a “why” type of patient and always wanted to know reasoning behind everything he does or recommends. He said that was fine and that his office is very good about explaining everything in as much detail as the patient wants and is open to suggestions. Definitely a team effort.
That has played out and I’m still with him nearly a year later.
The first thing he did was order all antibodies test with my A1C and it turns out my c peptide was 0.6. He also checked my testosterone and finding me very low, gave me Androgel and even doubled that when levels were still not acceptable. He even told me at a later appointment that even though I came in as a T2, he’s treating me as a T1 and if I had problems with insurance he’d be willing to re-code me.
In the year or so since the conference, I’ve learned that I can’t just rely on my MD to spoon feed me things and that I myself need to take control of my own diabetes and do what I can to make myself better and in more control. The MD is to give me suggestions not orders.