Fine, I'm not batting 1.000 as one member of tudiabetes.org put it. We will see what my next A1c is. I can't be sure it's amazing, but I do know that I have been AT EASE for the past 3 weeks. Ever since Feb. 7, the day before my birthday, when I decided to break up with carbs.
The moment I spoke of before was not deciding to break up with carbs, but was the moment I went into my online health portal and CANCELED all my appointments. It was symbolic, of course, because I can always go back in and reschedule them. But still...
So, here's a breakdown of how everything has been since then:
I went to see this holistic doctor. I had seen him before. Before I was on the University of Michigan's HMO, when I was still on COBRA and I would have had to pay outright no matter where I went. But when I jumped on the UM HMO, I made decisions based on what would be covered. So, instead of seeing the doctor I wanted to see, I ended up with 5 doctors that I didn't want to see: a PCP, 2 endos, a pump specialist, and a nutritionist. All with a copay of $20-30, so I didn't even end up saving anything! (The holistic doc charges $105 per visit.)
UNSOLICITED ADVICE: Paying out of pocket for GOOD medical care is a much sounder financial decision than paying copay after copay for BAD medical care.
Here's what I liked:
- He gave me a hug when he saw me, and upon parting (warm fuzzies!)
- He has a dog in the office that is super friendly
- He is willing to say "I don't know" when he doesn't know (unlike, ahem, some people in the diabetes clinic who would rather spout off 45 minutes of 100% grade A bullshit that admit they don't know).
- He's totally on board with low-carb (He said, "Anyone who isn't on board hasn't read the literature in the last ten years). I happen to think they are unwilling to depart from the old ADA guidelines, even though ADA has now updated their guidelines to say that, in fact, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to carb intake, and even reference studies with 20g daily carb up to 40% of calories from carb as having great impact on glycemic control.
- He's going to "go rogue" with me... ie: be there to give me sound medical advice, but not treat me like a number (test result number). He told me to still see my endo, and I told him, fine, but I'm just going to smile and nod and then go off and do what I feel is right.
- He isn't going to designate me as a "high-risk" anything, because I'm not high risk. My numbers are good. I'm super healthy. I don't need to be cradled and babied just because I have type 1. I can experiment with things like diet and exercise and that's OK. I don't have to sit still all day and nibble on three meals and three snacks throughout the day and eat the same thing and never try anything new.
Funny--when I first got it, I was OBSESSED. I looked at it all the time. And was often surprised at what was happening. Now I kind of assume my BG is in range.