{Sunday Survey} To The Endo We Go

by Leighann on June 5, 2011

Last week I asked:

Do you correct for high blood sugars at bedtime or in the night?

This week I have a question about how far your trip is to get to the endocrinologist.

Since diagnosis, we’ve been seeing an endocrinologist in the next state over. It is 180 miles each way! It’s a huge production to go. I know some families in our area who drive down and back in the same day, but boy is that tiring.

Q likes to go the night before and spend the night in a hotel and do sightseeing. But this week she and I went there and back, spending a couple of hours at the zoo.

Seeing the endocrinologist is mentally exhausting, but the long trip just makes it even more so!

So my question this week is:

How far is your one-way trip to the endo?

Distance to Endo

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Luckily for most of you, it’s not a major undertaking to get there. 36.6% of you travel under 10 miles, while another 30.5% travel 10-30 miles. And I see that some of you share my pain of long car rides!

I’d love for you to leave a comment about traveling to see the endocrinologist.

Have an idea for a Sunday Survey? Please let me know.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa June 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

I always feel so blessed to live within 20 minutes of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital when I read how far others have to drive. And they are also in the top 10 best hospitals in the nation for endo. I wish it was like that for every one

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2 Ann Onimous June 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

Same here, Melissa: our endo is with Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, MS, and it is one of the best places in the world. Our drive to see him is just under 10 miles one way.

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3 Angela (Toucan Scraps) June 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

we don’t have access to an endo.
We see the paediatrician at our local hospital that has a special interest in diabetes, as is customary in our country.

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4 Amanda June 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

We drive about 35 miles right now, but I have to say, I really don’t like our Endo but he’s the only Peds Endo in our area, I’m really thinking about finding one in the Phoenix or Flagstaff area, Phoenix is about 190 miles and Flagstaff is around 120, I figure we can go to the Endo, shop, hang out, etc, but I worry about her missing even more time from school and I’d have to take the other kids too probably so that’s them missing time from school as well.

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5 Matt Jones June 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

@ Angela:
Which country? And, I know that is quite common. The States are so inconsistent with our handling of type 1; it seems that the more we learn, the more we are able to rely upon the rest of the world’s advances–and the more mundane treatments/access/urgency has become. Check out this link, which btw is a fantastic site for any and all “d-families;” it pretty much sums up the attitude that the U.S. takes lately towards it. It is tragic, in my opinion.

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6 Matt Jones June 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

blah–forgot to add the link!

http://www.diabetes24-7.com

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7 Elisa1840 June 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I travel about 10 miles to see my endo (well the NP since I prefer her ) so im thankful for that. Its sad to see that you have to travel so far to see an endo. God bless ya for going to such lengths to make sure your daughter is taken care of.

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