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May 10, 2011

Letter Writing Day: Write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further.  How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them. Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you’re feeling.  

Dear Ped Endo,

I wish that I appreciated you when I had you.  But that’s not true either, I did.  I don’t really remember you from when I was first diagnosed, but you were always my doctor.  I do remember when I was 8 years old and our insurance didn’t cover you anymore.  I had to go to an adult endocrinologist and the ONLY good thing was the way they tested my A1C.  All I knew is that this man was not like you and that I just wanted you.  Getting you back was amazing.

You surprised me quite often.  There were times I thought I was doing good and you were displeased with my effort, and when I was scared to see you after my hospital stay you didn’t mention it at all.  I was excited that I wasn’t going to have to change doctors until after college, but with the rise of endocrine disorders, that changed.  And in those years, I’ve heard about you a few times from one of your patients and I’ve written to you a few times, but I still wish I could say that you are my doctor.  You will always be my doctor.

None of this sounds right to me.  None of it says how much you mean to me.  No words that I can come up with let you know how awesome you are.  You were the best.  You should give classes on bedside manner and listening to patients and how to connect.  More than anything, I miss you.

Sincerely,
Briley

Thank you Karen for setting DBlog Week up!  If you want to see everyone else’s posts about their letters, check them out here!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2011 3:11 PM

    You are so lucky to have had an endo who got “kids” and you've managed to stay in contact with all these years (hope they follow your blog – my current endo does). I was always taken care of at an adult hospital – and they just didn't get it I think sometimes with our raging hormones in our teen years, etc.

  2. May 10, 2011 3:22 PM

    I wrote a letter to my endo too. I wish I had told him I appreciated him when I had the chance. But hopefully he knew.

  3. May 10, 2011 4:14 PM

    Great letter, Briley. So true how we often don't realize what we have at the time, and it's only later that we have the ability to truly appreciate. That's what is so awesome about this type of letter-writing topic, that it gives us a chance for that. Thank you for sharing this letter to your beloved Endo!

  4. May 10, 2011 5:20 PM

    beautiful post, briley! my peds endo holds a special place in my heart too. we went through a lot together. we were lucky to have such great doctors, weren't we? 🙂

  5. May 10, 2011 9:17 PM

    You were lucky to have a great endo. He/She obviously made a good impression on you.

  6. May 13, 2011 8:58 PM

    That is so awesome that this doctor had such an impact on you. Even though he's no longer your doctor, I'm sure there are lasting effects from his care.

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