Friday, November 1, 2013

The Appointment

Our quarterly endocrinology appointment date is looming closer on the calendar.

The good school girl in me is starting to think about prepping.

I know, I am a total suck-up, right?

It's just that I can't stand to get there and feel like I didn't do my part to help the girls achieve their best.  And if that means that I print off some office paper work and have it ready to go before we arrive, than that's what I need to do.

In an effort to make my madness rub off onto you, here is my top five of things to do before you go (and you do know that I am doing this list for me just as much as I am to share! It's a sickness, people!)

Top Five Of Prepping for Endo Appointments

1.)  Download your pump settings and blood sugar numbers.
2.)  Review your prescriptions to determine which need to be updated.  Be sure to bring along the pharmacy name, phone and fax number.
3.)  Download and pre-fill the medical forms for the office.
4.)  Write a list of questions for the dietician, nurse, doctor and/or lab.
5.)  Pack a bag of things for the children to do while you are at the appointment.  Be sure to include a blood sugar meter, snacks and water.

Hope this helps to get you off to your appointment with less worry, anxiety or stress. 

As always, one last nugget of information that I carry with me for every single appointment: 

The A1c is just one measurement number, from one moment during three months and reflects nothing of how well you tried to do as a parent or as a child/adult living with type 1 diabetes.  It is subject to change and absolutely will during your journey of living with type 1 diabetes.  Rather than focus entirely on the A1c number, instead use it as a gauge to determine the direction that you are heading and to remind you of what goals you need to set in order to get where you want to be.

If you pack only one thing, be sure to bring along that thought!

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