But then I ran spell checker and so I changed the title.
It was seven years ago…
I didn’t break a mirror and so, I’m not regarding the past seven years as “bad luck.” Well, for the most part I’m not.
The past seven years have been interesting, frustrating, expensive, fun, confusing, friendly, scary, laughable and probably cursable. (Hee, hee – spell checker doesn’t like that word and wants to change it to – are you ready?? – curable! I might have to change the blog title!)
I’ve made a lot of new friends. I’ve received a lot of good advice. I have learned so very much from the DOC.
I see the Endo next week. She’s new to me so I’m truly hoping for a great appointment as I’m really not in the mood to find another Endo’s office.
My PCP broke the news to me at my appointment on March 9, 2005 and immediately set me up to see our local Endo and start classes. Meanwhile, my dad was hospitalized and life was a zoo. Saw Endo #1 who looked at me and said, “I don’t think you have Type 2, I think you have LADA.” He explained that it wouldn’t change anything and I’d follow a Type 2 treatment, which I did for a while. Then, I got on the internet. Thank you Amy and the Wall Street Journal. (That is from May, 2005!) After using basal insulin for a few months, I asked for the testing to determine whether I really was LADA. He said no as it wouldn’t change the treatment. I’d lost over 35 pounds, friends thought I was dying… Even my PCP asked me if I was eating enough – not to worry, I was.
So it was off to the office of Endo #2 to meet with the CDE (#1) there. (Never did meet the Endo in that office.) She ran the test (GAD65) and diagnosed Type 1 LADA. Started bolus insulin and later, began pumping with the Ping. But, their office didn’t do the pump training, you had to go to the education office. Which turned out great! Worked with a wonderful CDE (#2) and life was good until insurance refused to pay for the pump training. That was finally resolved with the help of the HR people at work but insurance said they wouldn’t pay any more. The CDE (#1) was nice but she really wasn’t interested in helping me determine basals, pump settings, carb ratios, etc… and at our last appointment she spent at least 5 minutes talking about the importance of wearing shoes.
CDE (#3) at Endo #3 – knows pumps (she used to work for Medtronic), is Type 1 and has personality. We had two great appointments. I was looking forward to seeing her next week. But she’s gone. Probably in a huge hospital layoff that took place.
Wish me luck! My grandparents were from Ireland and it’s March!
And know that I really appreciate those who have taken the time to offer their stories, advice and mostly encouragement these last seven years. I couldn’t have done it without you! Really!! (and the font is blue because… It’s Friday!)