26
Feb

Upcoming elbow surgeon appointment

I called my local hospital today to check the date of an appointment.

 

I have nerve damage in my elbow. My last endocrinologist appointment had her earnestly holding onto my forearm as she looked into my eyes to tell me that the nerve thing was not the fault of diabetes. She said it was not my fault.

 

She said it over and over.

 

...and over.

 

 

I Tried. I tried to approach this appointment by asking information that I would need to know, just IN CASE I ended up needing surgery for the nerve damage in my elbow.

 

She sees riiiiiiiight through me. My endo let me try to ask a few questions about stuff like "What should I be aware of, diabetes-wise, if I have elbow surgery?"  before she held my hand tightly and told me that this was not my fault. At that point I was having difficulty stifling an endless supply of tears, so my further diabetes-related questions were put on hold.

 

I appreciate this more than she could ever know. It means so much to me to know that she feels like I didn't cause this through lax diabetes management not-so-many-years ago when I was an irresponsible teenager. As well, the fact that she felt compelled to reassure me despite me never directly asking whether I caused this tells me that she knows me better than I had imagined.

 

Still, though, I feel like the schedule (17 15-minute appointments scheduled in the first 90 minutes of his day?!) of my potential elbow-surgeon does not inspire confidence. I'm trying very hard to reserve judgement until I first meet the surgeon, but I have to be honest: his hospital staff's view of him as a doctor and surgeon does not come off as particularly impressive...   :S

16
Sep

The big 20 starts it all...

So this month marks my 20-year anniversary with type 1 diabetes, and to help me celebrate my insurance company decided to end my 4-month fight and tell me that yes, they will cover cgm supplies.

 

I've been hoping. I've also been making phone calls, sending emails, regular mail, and faxes. I've been back and forth between my insurance company, my doctor, and the pump reps who've been helping me through the process. I finally brought my case to the HR department at work, and they were able to have my case reviewed SO much faster than all of my efforts over the past few months. I know it will be a few months before my doctor's office can send in my ADP documentation and can fit me in for pump training, but I'm excited to have finally confirmed that I will be able to add not just a pump, but also a cgm to my list of diabetes tools.

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I've also been thinking for a long time about sharing some of my thoughts and stories about my t1d life. I wanted a place to talk about the process, my process, in preparing for and starting to use these new devices, as well as anything else about life with diabetes that happens to be on my mind.

 

I hope you enjoy reading!

 

 

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