This morning I called my endocrinologist office to see if I could setup an appointment and officially change back to my old endocrinologist. Making the endocrinologist change was no problem at all, I just had to provide insurance information and that was it. I was expecting to setup an appointment with my nurse practitioner Angela Younger, I expected to have the appointment in March or even later. When I was asked if I could make it to a 9am appointment tomorrow I almost jumped for joy, I took the appointment and have been smiling ever since.
Almost six years ago I had my first appointment with Angela, I remember the appointment like it was yesterday. I was very hesitant to go to the doctor, I thought I would be seeing this older nurse that would talk to me like I was a kid and tell me how important it is to test my blood sugar and take care of myself. As Angela and I began to talk I quickly found out that Angela was not your normal nurse, after looking at my numbers she laughed and said we have a lot of work to do. She didn't try explaining everything to me, she knew that I knew what it would take to get my health back. What she did do was challenge me, she told me about her diabetes past and that she may be a nurse but she isn't perfect and doesn't expect me to be perfect. She told me how she has had her own diabetes problems and how she gets mad and doesn't want to test, hearing that made me feel like I could tell her anything. For five years I would make it a point to make sure that I was the last appointment Angela had that day, I did this so we could talk diabetes first but then just talk like friends about our diabetes and what we like or dislike about it.
I saw Angela at the TCOYD event in Worcester, Leanne and I were just finishing up our lunch and Angela ran up behind me and gave me a huge hug, she then hugged Leanne and asked how everything was. She cared about us as people, I don't think we talked about diabetes at all that day and I love that. Angela knows me better than any doctor or nurse that I will ever meet, I can't wait for tomorrow. I can't wait to sit down and talk diabetes with her, I need her advice. I need her honesty and I need my diabetes family back. I'm just so happy to see everyone at Joslin tomorrow morning, I made one of the biggest diabetes mistakes by leaving Joslin for what I thought was better care. Maybe I needed other doctors and nurses to see how great Joslin is, I'm just happy to be back with my doctor and nurse family!!!
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