It’s a crazy time to be in the medical profession. Clinicians are swamped and it’s not going to slow down anytime soon. It is more important than ever that PWD prepare for their Endocrinology appointments to maximize facetime with their providers. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of each visit.
Most PWD have one or more devices that need downloading; meters, CGM’s, pumps. Don’t waste your precious appointment time troubleshooting technology. Arrive 15 minutes early to ensure that all of your devices are downloaded and ready to go! Even better, download your devices at home prior to arriving at your appointment. If you are doing a telemed appointment, this is a MUST. In fact, do it the evening before. This will ensure there are no technical issues preventing you from getting the most out of your appointment.
Bring a written list of medications you need refilled
This can be given to your clinician’s medical assistant and will streamline the process of getting what you need.
Stay focused on why you are there
As much as clinicians would like to talk with you at length, time is limited. To make the best use of your time, stick to the point.
Consider your patterns
It is your clinician’s job to analyze blood glucose patterns. IT’S ALSO YOUR JOB. Don’t wait until your clinician is in front of you to consider trends in your glucose. Your diabetes management is a team effort!
if you don't test your blood sugar, you miss your injections, or you're just suffering from burnout. PLEASE PLEASE just say that. We are not here to judge; we are here to help. Fibbing only wastes your time and your clinician’s.
Write down your questions prior to the appointment
This way you will not forget! Suggested questions for each appointment;
What am I doing well?- Be proud of yourself! Diabetes is HARD!
What can I do better?- set a goal for the following visit
Is there any new medication or technology that can help improve my care?
Is there anything coming up that may affect your diabetes management; surgery, travel, a big trip, a social event. Be prepared to discuss this with your clinician.
Lastly, don't forget to thank your clinician
We LOVE you. Truly. Clinicians are just people. and though I can only speak for myself, I would do anything for my patients. The joy that I have seeing a PWD feel empowered is what fuels me. We appreciate you. Don't forget to appreciate us too!