Looks like my fears have been realized: My endo has decided to retire!
So, I (once again) an looking got a new endo. My current endo will, give me referral(s) at my next (last) visit with him, but I figure that I’d better start the search NOW, so that I will be able to see someone on time for what would be my June appointment – and on time for all the prior approvals that my insurance will no doubt required once again come July 1!
I like my current doctor because he’s open-minded, works with each patient according to their individual needs, and is willing to try new (and old) treatment options when other choices are not reasonably satisfactory. My current doctor also sees that my control, thus far, has been good, and supports me in managing my treatment plan – rather than give orders and expect “compliance.” Te visits with this doctor have been supportive and non-judgemental – usually he asks me what I need/want in terms of lab orders or prescriptions.
My last endo considered my a “difficult” patient and recommended I find someone with “greater expertise.” I suppose I’m in search of a doctor who is “smarter than me.”
Any recommendations? I live on the North Side of Chicago and work far north in North Chicago, so I am not sure how happy I’d be to go down to Univ. of Chicago, or even downtown – though I may have no choice…