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In this episode, we’re talking about how to find a good endocrinologist, and some signs that you might need to find a new one if your current endo isn’t up to snuff.
Many medical professionals can act as a good endocrinologist. In this episode, we talk about clinical endocrinologists, Certified Diabetes Educators (now called CDCES), Nurse Practitioners, and primary physicians.
Wins & Fails
Colleen's Win: I’ve had some pretty good blood sugars for the last day or so, which is nice. I like it when I stay completely between the lines.
Jessie's Fail: Jessie had BBQ, which led to high blood sugars. She then dropped into the 40s that night, and was still dealing with the after-effects of that roller coaster the next day.
Hack of the Week
Some of the Dexcom G6 applicators get stuck to the sensor during insertion, which means that the applicator doesn’t go through the full cycle of insert and retract. This has happened to me a grand total of once, and we were able to knock it loose by whacking it with the handle of a knife. Most people suggest a wooden spoon. This is an issue that Dexcom knows about. If you can’t get the applicator to release and you have to peel the sensor off, call Dexcom and they should replace it.
The spotlight this week is on Lauren Cox, the first player with type 1 diabetes in the WNBA.
"Lauren was drafted third overall in the 2020 WNBA draft, joining the Indiana Fever team as the first ever professional women’s basketball player with Type 1 diabetes. It is a massive deal, but it surprises few in the T1D community. We know that indomitable spirit well. It is the resilience we have all gained through the challenge of diabetes."
I’m excited for Lauren because she’s proof that type 1 diabetes does not hold us back unless we let it. We can do whatever we set our minds to! We are examples for other type 1 diabetics to show what’s possible.
Review Shout Out!
We have a couple more reviews on iTunes / Apple Podcasts, and we have eight 5-star ratings!
Colleen and Jessie’s podcast is chock-full of information that is useful to people who are strangers to diabetes, those who have had it for many years, and everyone in between. They put a lot of work into each episode and have a wonderful variety in topics that they cover. Give this podcast a listen! — Cactushugs
Thank you for that awesome review, Cactushugs!
I’m a wife of a type 1 diabetic and this podcast has given me so much information and help to try and understand his world. Thanks girls! — eeenily
Thank you, eeenily! We’re so glad that our podcast is helping!
Question for You!
How did you find your endocrinologist or diabetes specialist? What do you like most about him or her?
Links & Resources
- Certification Board for Diabetes Care & Education
- What You Should Know About CDEs
- What Does a Primary Care Physician Do?
- 10 Tips for Finding Your Ideal Endocrinologist
- How to Choose a Health Care Provider
- How Can I Find the Best Endocrinologist?
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