I had an appointment with an Endocrinologist today at a clinic closer to home. I thought it would be a good idea to get the opinion of someone a little closer (45 minutes away instead of 4 hours away where my CF clinic is). Well, the problem with that is their specialty is diabetes, not CF related diabetes...
I was a little frustrated because the first doctor couldn't find my latest Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) results, which made me think she had no idea about me before even coming in. Then while she was searching the computer for the results, she asked me if I had any medical problems...uh yeah...which then confirmed that she knew nothing about me before coming into the room -- that just annoyed me. Anyway, she said that my A1c - don't know what it stands for, but I know its about your blood glucose - was 5.5. I was always under the impression that I wanted to keep that under 6, so I felt that was good news. When I asked the doctor about this, she said that the "normal range" is somewhere between 4.8 - 5.2 or something like that, so mine was slightly elevated which means I'm "pre-diabetic". Okay, great, no diabetes - wrong. Then she said that since my fasting blood sugar was 219 last time, and its supposed to be between 140-160, that means that I'm diabetic.
So, I'm under the impression that I'm just borderline diabetic?? They weren't very clear.
Either way, the first doctor wanted to do a physical exam (check neck, stomach, listen to my lungs, etc) and was surprised by my stomach scars and made a comment about my clubbing. I don't think she's ever dealt with a CF patient before... She told me that they'll probably start me on Metformin to help regulate everything and have me start checking my blood sugars at home. When I told her that I already talked to my CF doctor and she told me Metformin usually doesn't work for CF patients, the Endo pretty much ignored me and said that we'll try it anyway. She said, "Well you take oral antibiotics and those work? So we'll just give this a try." I just smiled and nodded.
I'm not trying to be rude, but I just don't like being seen by people who have no idea about CF or CFRD. This is something completely new to me and I just wish they had some CF background!
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These Endos want me to check my blood sugar twice a day, everyday and fax them the results after about 4 weeks. They also want me to get re-tested and follow up with them in April.
My plan: I'm going to check my blood sugar twice a day, everyday, until my appointment with the Endo from University of Chicago in a few weeks. This will hopefully give me and the U of C Endo more information about my daily sugars. I'm also going to schedule my next GTT as soon as possible (fingers crossed that I can get it at U of C on the day of my appts -- that's wishful thinking!). We'll see what my CF doctor and the Endocrinologist say in a few weeks...but I see this Accu Chek and I becoming close friends...