When the endocrinologist, nurse practitioner, and a nurse all greet you as you head to the examine room you know you have something special!! After receiving hugs from everyone, I got the "You look good and most of all you look happy!!" from my favorite nurse practitioner. With that I got my weight, blood pressure and heart rate taken from the nurse before sitting down with the endocrinologist.
He would look over all of my blood sugars and was very happy with my blood sugars while training and racing. He then got into the new smart pumps and how great the diabetes technology would be in the very near future. I have learned that I can be very open and honest with my endocrinologist which is huge. "A pump doesn't work for my lifestyle, the technology is amazing but how many endurance athletes have tested the smart pumps? Yes my A1C is a little higher than when I used the pump but my blood sugars are better when I'm racing (pre and post) I'm happier and having a lot less lows" I sat back and was interested to hear his response "Ryan I know that and love what you are doing. I want you to try a new sensor though so we have a better idea of everything that is going on blood sugar wise."
That is when he introduced me to the FreeStyle Libre!! A product that has been available in Europe but is slowly making its way to the states. He has been letting his patients test drive the product for two weeks and has seen tremendous results. Although I won't be able to see my blood sugars whenever I would like, I will be going back to my endocrinologist in a week. At that appointment we will sit down and look at all of the information and make changes to my insulin doses. It also means I need to get a bike ride, long run and a "bad" meal in in the next seven days so I can see just how my body reacts to all of those events.
I almost wish I could meet with my endocrinologist once a month!! Today made me feel so good everything in my life. My endocrinologist, nurse practitioner and everyone at the office are like family!! I spent fifteen minutes showing everyone pictures of Kate, "Minnie" and "Sharky" I mean that makes my day. Yes I'm there for my diabetes but diabetes is my life and everyone at the office cares about every aspect of my life because at the end of the day that makes my diabetes.