No - you’ve got to find a new endo. I live in Quebec, where like you have in Ontario, we also have a shortage of doctors (common every where these days - not just in Canada). I only recently got a GP believe it or not after 21 years of living here (used walk in clinics ONLY if I had to - hate doctors). The endo i have now, I found from a friend of mine who has a thyroid condition, and I just walked in, secretary at the time was nasty, but I lucked in on having endo walk out, and he told her he’d take me on (even tho’ she still insisted I had to have a referral). Granted this is 18 years ago, but still, if I need help NOW, he’ll see me the same day. Good luck, and maybe word of mouth from other people who have diabetes in your area. E.g. Do you belong to Canadian Diabetes Association - is there a group in your area you can meet up with and ask questions. That could help you as well.
Anna from Montreal - The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes
Anna, I checked the CDA website, and there are no groups close by. Besides, TuDiabetes is my support group, and I can come in at any hour, and there is always someone willing to help.
Luckily I’m working down the street from all the huge hospitals in Toronto. I’m lucky enough to be working close to doctor heaven - in the big city where so many doctors want to be. So even though there aren’t a lot of doctors in the area where I live, the shortage isn’t so critical where I’m working. In my town, there are exactly zero doctors taking new patients, and in the town nearby, a few clinics are taking names for lists that are months long. I at least have some hope for finding someone close to work, and by the time they are ready to see me, I’ll have a few months under my belt.
I’m disappointed in my endo and frustrated with the fact that I’m looking for doctors again (which of course inspired this post), but I got through this before. I went through some pretty rocky years following the year that my endo died and my gp retired! So I shall get through this too… just about a gazillion phone calls and months of waiting. That’s all. In the meantime I’ll think healthy thoughts LOL
Sounds so frustrating…it’s hard finding both an endo you can work with but also has a helpful support staff. Good luck.