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Re: [IP] response



Kim,
I live in Berkeley but lived in Oakland recently and work in Santa Rosa
where I have med insurance.  My understanding is that Sonoma/mendocino
doesn't have much in the way of type 1 care.  UCSF used to be quite good and
quite institutional.  The doctor I really liked there who was the young pump
specialist.  He now lives and works in Oakland although Alta Bates Medical
Group just told us that they are reconfiguring and I think his section of
that office is being bumped out to Orinda.  He is not a pediatric endo but
is more fkexible than some of the others about things.  If you are
interested I can give you a name.  There is almost no other pump stuff in
the East Bay, in the South Bay there is in the richest parts of the Silicon
Valley -- near Stanford, Mountain View etc, and I suspect there is a good
deal more inSF that I don't know about.  I don't know if any of this is
useful.  I do know that the long drive can really be painful at bad times.

Call Minimed and ask them about leasing a pump short term -- that might let
you try your summer experiment.

Best of luck,

Ruth

Kim Huffman wrote:

> <<
> Date: Fri, 08 May 1998 10:26:28 -0700
> From: Ruth Elowitz <email @ redacted>
> Subject: Re: [IP] zero to DKA....
>
> <<Kim,
>
> Where in Northern Calif are you?  What insurance/med center?<<
>
> We live in Ukiah, Calif., 2 hr. drive north of SanFrancisco.  We have
> Blue Shield  Insurance. In order to get the best coverage we use a
> "Select Provider", which actually has a big list.  We went to a
> pediatric endo. group in Oakland for 2 1/2 years then switched 6 mos.
> ago to UCSF.  The reason for leaving Oakland had nothing to do with the
> pump - in fact we hadn't even heard much about pumps prior to a few
> months ago when I stumbled onto the KidsRPumping web site.
>
> We have actually been very happy with the diabetes team other than this
> recent situation.  Part of their hestation might be that we are
> relatively new to them (I don't know if that should matter or not).  I
> don't really know the "official stance" from the endos. perspective,
> mainly because I usually have all my conversations with the CDE, but I
> assume that being that they are a "team"  they would share the same
> philosophy.  Also, since we haven't been down there since March, most of
> this conversation has taken place over the phone.  The endo we were
> scheduled to see that day had to be cancelled, so we just saw the
> dietician, CDE, and social worker.
>
> If Stephanie was more sure she wanted the pump, I would be much more
> aggresive I think and not worry about "burning any bridges".  I sure
> wish getting the pump wasn't so involved a process (insurance, pump
> training, etc.), because it would be so nice to "try it out" for the
> summer without any pressure on her part to make the long term
> commitment.  I know if she had this opportunity, she would take it in a
> minute! It's just not the same as trying out a new meter (we have tried
> almost all of them! I am still looking for one that always reads "80mdl"
> LOL) I  think we gave less thought to the last car we purchased!
>
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