I’m always excited to meet with a medical professional. Whether it’s my general practice physician, my endocrinologist, the CDE, a nurse, even a pharma rep makes no difference.

And my expectations are always the same, that I will learn something NEW about my diabetes. Not that I will receive a pat on the back (although that’s always a plus), nor that they’re confirm my assumptions or inferences, but that they will teach me something new.

I think today, after meeting with my CDE (who was wonderful, despite not having a personal D experience) I have finally learned that I can’t expect anyone to know more about MY diabetes than I do. I have learned countless things from the DOC (diabetes online community), mostly from reading people’s firsthand experiences with diagnosis, medications, cgms, pumps, etc. I believe it requires that firsthand knowledge (and a lack of FDA oversight) to really be able to teach the kind of daily care that we PWD’s (persons with diabetes) have to administer.

That said, I’m so grateful for every PWD who has put their life out for me to learn from. I appreciate the bloggers, the tweeters, those who have created non-profits and forums and radio shows. Thanks to you for being MY professionals, and teaching me to be a professional PWD, because none of the ‘professionals’ have that ability.


5 thoughts on “Professionals

  1. Gary Taylor (@GaryBTaylor) says:

    Hannah, I know what you mean. My endo knows a lot and I like and respect him a lot. However, since he doesn’t have T1D or even T2D I am not sure he understands the emotional impact T1D has. Also, every PWD has different responses, treatment tactics, etc. Thanks for the great post.

  2. I think you have a wonderful attitude about this, H. Being aware that your experiences will be mixed is also a plus – you’ll run into all kinds of peeps, professionals and PWD’s alike, some who totally rock your socks, and some who you could live with never seeing again. But even from the latter, there’s much to learn. Right? 🙂

    • hannahscruggs says:

      Oh absolutely, Scott. I didn’t say I can’t learn from them, just they they aren’t an authority on me and my condition. As long as I remember that, I think I can learn MORE from them.

      • Totally agree. And I didn’t mean to come off sounding so preachy, sorry about that. I love the learning attitude and I think it will benefit you greatly for a long time. I look forward to learning from you, too! 🙂

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