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Re: [IP] A cry for help...UPDATE

Sherry -

I'm in Baltimore with a REALLY good Doc at Johns Hopkins (although I would
think Joslin would easily beat them)  His name is Dr Margolis - or I would
suggest Dr Sauddek, head of the diabetes department.  Don't knkow where you

-----Original Message-----
From: Sherry Webb Nolan <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] A cry for help...UPDATE

>Ok everyone, thanks for all your input.
>I had a check up appointment with my PCP today and I brought up my troubles
>with her.  I just have to say that it is a shame she isn't an endo because
>she is an excellent listener, she is very supportive, and likes to meet and
>have conversations about how life is going.  i couldn't schedule a physical
>with her until next year because she is booked solid, but I could get a 20
>minutes "conversation" time with her within two weeks.  One time when I was
>sick she fit me in the next day after hours.  if she was a few years
>I would try to set her up with my older brother.  :-)
>Ok, enough about plugging my PCP.  I told her about my concerns with the
>response I was getting from the endo.  She said that if I was having any
>concerns, that was a sign I should get a new doctor!  I told her about the
>pump and how I wanted one and she told me she thought I would be a good
>candidate.  She had a few patients on the pump who swore by them.  I asked
>her if she knew of any "pump" doctors and she said she wan't aware of any
>her hospital affiliation, but that the patients she had on the pump saw
>doctors at Joslin in Boston.  She told me to call and try to get an
>appointment and she would write a referral to the doctor I got one with.
>(She has no problem referring out of her network).  So I have been calling
>around.  i called the problem endo this morning to try one more time to get
>my A1C and the secretary picked up and said "yeah what do you want."  the
>few choice words that came to mind I kept in check and asked again about
>results (just in case I stuck with the guy I didn't want the staff hating
>me) and got the same runaround.  Basically no answer.  So i will call
>doctors offices tomorrow and see what I can do.  Might be another few
>wait, but then again it may be worth it to have a reliable staff behind me.
>As for my wonderful endo writing the note.  She said that she loves the
>of the pump and that she wished me all the luck with it.  but (doesn't that
>word always sneak in), she couldn't write the letter for me.  First, she
>didn't feel right knowing I didn't have an endo staff involved in the
>process.  Second, she honestly said she didn't know much about the pump and
>wouldn't want the insurance company to take that into consideration when
>they were looking at my case, and Three, with Joslin near by why wouldn't I
>want to go that route.  As for the comments I might get on "well she should
>learn more,"  I will have to defend.  She is a very busy doctor who has a
>specialty in Internal Medicine, but opted for being a full  time PCP
>she felt that patients who needed specialists were being swept under the
>so that doctors could see them repeatedly as a PCP instead of recommending
>the correct treatment and drugs.  She told me to keep up the good work and
>to call if i needed any suggestions, referrals, perscriptions, labwork,
>she has been wonderful.
>So I am calling around...wish me luck,
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