TEEN TOPIC #53: How do you feel about getting a new adult endocrinologist as you age out of pediatric ones? Are you nervous about it, or excited that you get to choose your own? 

Annelies (age 15)
I’m more sad than nervous. I like my endocrinologist, and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to another endo. I’m not looking forward to having to do it by myself as an adult, I like having my parents in the room to answer all the questions I don’t know.

Erin (age 17)
I’m in a trial where every other appt since I was 16 I’ve met with an adult endo and I like them a lot better. Most of the time I don’t need to see anyone but my endo so it’s nice with an adult to not see the other people (social worker, PCA, and nutritionist). So overall I am excited and very much ready after this summer to switch.

Ian (age 14)
I am worried about it, because I fear that they’d be inferior or have entirely conflicting views to/than my current one.

Jessica (age 20)
I am not so much nervous for an adult endocrinologist as I am reluctant. I enjoy the practice and doctor I currently see. Therefore, I don’t want someone new. She knows me, how my body works and what works best for me. I don’t like the idea of having to start all over again with someone who hasn’t known me at all. I’ve lived with this disease for over 15 years so to change is going to be a bigger adjustment in life than most others would think. The one thing I would say that makes me nervous/worrisome is actually finding someone I like and can connect with; someone I can trust and look to for medical advice. I don’t want to be going to 5 new doctors until I find one that I like again. That can be a long, tedious and annoying process. Nonetheless, it has to be done and everything happens for a reason so I am sure I will find one that I enjoy when the time comes.

Jordan (age 18)
I don’t like that I am going to have to switch away from Dr. Daniels.  I am not nervous, but I am also not happy because Dr. Daniels is very supportive and has been a great endocrinologist. I worry that no one else will ever be like him.

Julia (age 15)
I haven’t really thought about getting a new endocrinologist but I’m not too nervous about it.  My parents will help me find a great one so I don’t think it’ll be too hard.

 

Laura (age 17)
I guess I’m sort of neutral about it. Some people get really excited about discovering new things about diabetes or being able to take control of their own illness, but either way I don’t really care and it doesn’t really affect me (as far as I can tell, at least). A doctor is a doctor regardless of what age I am.

 

Andrew (age 15)
I’m excited for the opportunity to select my own endocrinologist because it’s another step in becoming more independent and learning to live my life as an adult with diabetes.

 

Ashley B. (age 16)
I’m honestly kind of sad that I’ll have to get a new Endo, because my Endo is so understanding and supportive of me. We’ve known her almost 9 years now, so not being able to see her anymore will be a huge deal. I’m worried about choosing a new Endo because I honestly don’t even know what to look for in an Endo. Hopefully I’ll just get a recommendation from my current Endo or something for future reference.

Ashley C. (age 14)
I don’t think it will be much different because, my mom has allowed me to switch to different endocrinologists until I found one I clicked with.

Cameron (age 17)
I’m not too worried. I think getting to choose my own is pretty cool because it’s something new and I’m not forced to be with certain doctors.

Claire (age 18)
I’m sort of nervous to get a new Endo. My pediatric endocrinologist is, hopefully, going to hold onto me as I transition into adulthood. Fingers crossed he doesn’t get tired of me soon, or else I’ll definitely be anxious about having to “adult” as I go onto college.

Lexi (age 16)
It would be something to get used to, but I wouldn’t mind it. The one I have now is great, she’s fun and understanding.

Maggie (age 16)
I am kind of scared to find a new adult endocrinologist considering I’ve had the same one since diagnosis. I am also very excited to choose my own because I know that if I find one who is just as good as my current then I can continue to stay under control and meet new people and learn more things about myself that I never knew. It’s honestly terrifying to think about but in the long run it will be the best thing for me

Mercedes (age 17)
I am excited to go to an adult endo, mostly because of the change. Where I live there isn’t much of a choice of who I can go, to but it is still exciting to see the difference in people.

Nick (age 19)
If only I got to choose my own. Unfortunately, my insurance is limiting, and only covers one doctor near me. As for moving from a pediatric to an adult endocrinologist, I feel comfortable. I’m confident in my own knowledge as well as that of my doctors.

Skylyn (age 16)
I’m not really nervous or excited about getting a new endocrinologist as I become an adult. I have been going to the same pediatric one for about a year now and I think that she will probably recommend an endocrinologist for me to go to.

Vanessa (age 16)
I am excited because I feel like they will understand better than the pediatric endocrinologist, since they deal with older patients.

 

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