Yes, over a year ago, but Maryland providers are not allowed to do video visits with residents of Pennsylvania anymore
Yes, and I prefer televisits to in-office visits. I upload – and send – my T-Connect data (showing pump and Dexcom info) every month. The Endo’s know how I am doing. I don’t need to spend the commute time, waiting room time for a 15 minute in-office appt. My A1C’s have ben in the mid-5’s for about 15 years now and my TIR is great. I am also very disciplined regarding lab draws, so no hidden secrets in my body! I think if more people in my situation (I’ve been living with T1D for 40+ years now) had the telephone appts, that could free up the in-office time for those who need more time, those who are newly Dx’d who would benefit from 1/2 – 1 hour appts.
My healthcare complex will only do tele visits within the state. Having these kinds of appointments allows me not to commute and continue working while waiting for the doctor. There are some aspects that can not be done remotely, like getting your feet checked, but overall, I like it since I don’t have a good report with my Endo yet.
No, I usually walk to my Endo’s office. Thats the benefits of living in the suburb of the “City that never sleeps”.
After 30 years of T1D and having the same endo the entire time, I feel that I know more about day-to-day management than he does. Seeing him is just a necessary hoop to get my prescriptions so would prefer a televisit. His time would be better spent with the newly diagnosed or with the hoards of T2 patients at his practice.
With my endo I had for yrs in 2021, was fine as we knew each other well. I wd not like going to new Dr that way
Since the pandemic started all my TID care has been done by telemedicine visits. With all the existing apps to keep (Dexcom) track of the blood glucose and (Tandem PumP) to check what your doing and using with a pump, it seems like the T1D are not interested in seeing me in person. I think a lot is missed now a day with this system. It’s just convenient but not a good thing.
Yes. Otherwise missing a mandatory visit would affect my insulin, pump and sensor availability. And rescheduling has caused problems. Downside is no labs, no physical exam for something that might be of concern, etc. My Endo is also scheduling two appointments ahead. He rescheduled my last when his partner retired unexpectedly and he was overwhelmed with new people!! Very stressful because that pushed me out of Medicare’s rules.
Yes,on our 1 and a half hour each way we ran into an accident and closure on the only road to get there. We called and set up a virtual call instead.
Only once during the pandemic because it was near impossible to get an in person appointment during certain stretches of high level COVID exposure in my area of NYS. It was an okay obligatory visit via telehealth because my provider and I know each other very well.
We did the pump/cgm download thing and I did my own A1C (with a home test kit from Walgreen’s), took my own BP, weight, and pulse using equipment at home (easy for me because I am a RN, CDCES). In addition I already have fully established, well-documented, and well-controlled peripheral neuropathy in my feet for several years and am followed carefully by sophisticated podiatrist whom I see as needed. The endo provider looked at my feet on screen so she could check her box about doing a diabetic foot exam. The monofilament test in my case is a waste of time.
Mary Ann Sayers
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Yes, All throughout 2020 and 2021. I have gone to the Dr.’s office the last two quarters of 2022. I still wear a mask when I go to the Dr.’s office, also to all the stores. Telemedicine visits were very helpful, and I will continue to use them. A face-to-face visit is helpful from time to time.