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Considering college in a mid-sized town

Discussion in 'Parents of College Kids and Young Adults with Type' started by Amy C., Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Amy C.

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    My high school senior is considering a school in Terre Haute, Indiana. All his other schools are in large metropolitan areas where I am relatively sure a lot of endos are present.

    How does one go about finding out about the diabetes care in a smaller community?
     
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  2. wdhinn89

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    I would probably start by calling the endocrinologist department in the closest hospital to the school
     
  3. skimom

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    How about asking YOUR endocrinologist to refer you to someone there? Our endo made a referral for our son when he went away to university so he would have an endo for urgent matters - otherwise, my son just does his regular followup appointments during Christmas break or the summer with his endo here in town.
     
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    A lot of people (myself included) stay with their home endos in college and see them during school breaks. I would ask your current clinic if that's an option.

    Terre Haute really isn't that small. According to Google, there are a few endos in the community. Perhaps the university health clinic would have a recommendation?

    The other option would be establishing care at a larger center in Indianapolis.
     
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    I'm doing this as well. I go to university in a big city with a great hospital and endo teams, but I've decided that for now it's easier to stick with what I know and have my appointments in the holidays. I only have 6 monthly appointments, so I see the endo in December and June each year. It seems to be working! (Obviously I'm all set up with a GP in Cambridge and familiar with the nurse at my college.)
     
  6. Amy C.

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    He is applying to schools in Houston, Austin, Dallas, Los Angles and Pittsburgh. I consider Terra Haute to be much smaller with only a handful of endos -- 2 at my count when looking at the website.

    I like the idea of dropping the number of visits down to 2 -- summer and Christmas break and keeping the endo here. But I also like having a local endo who could help when he runs into problems that can't be resolved long distance.
     
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    I'm not in college yet, but I plan to just see my endo here when I come home for breaks, if I really need help I can always call/email her my numbers ( I doubt I will I don' really get much from my endo) but your endo should be able to refer you to some one close by if you really want him to go...
     
  8. emm142

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    Just wondering what sort of problems you're thinking of? (There could be something that slipped through the net in my thought process.)

    I guess I'm thinking that if I had a minor illness I'd see my GP and could talk to my endo over the phone, and if I was seriously ill and needed hospital admission I would be dealt with by the on call endo rather than my own anyway. If I have problems I email or call my endo.
     
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    My son has very short college breaks until summer so it was impossible to be able to see his ped. endo more than once a year, so I decided he needed to get one at school.

    My son goes to school in a city. I did a lot of research on line, called a bunch of places and found someone who sounded good.

    He had his first appointment in October and he loved the doctor. This was the first time I did not go with him to an appointment.

    He is happy he switched. He did like his ped endo but sitting in a room with a bucket of toys in the corner made it feel like it was time for a change.

    I like the fact he has an endo near school incase he gets a stomach virus or is vomiting for any reason. I also like the fact that he is seeing someone while at school so if something arises that he has concerns about he has someone to discuss it with.
     
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    Alex switched to an adult endo here just before he went to college...in a very small town out west. We weighed the options. He could have found good endos in the Portland (OR) area but it would take about 1 hr to get somewhere by bus/train/etc. And then he'd have to set up appts w/o really knowing what his schedule would be the following semester. So he sees this endo 2x a year. Once in summer and once the week before Christmas....some years he's only been home for about 2 wks at Christmas.

    Soon, he'll graduate and get a job somewhere.....I guess at that point he'll need a new endo (unless he wants to come back here!!!)
     
  11. OSUMom

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    Our son kept seeing his home-based endo during breaks. He did set up with a family practice in his college town and did visit each year. There are some resources online that give some feedback on doctors. If there's ability to still communicate with a "home" endo that may be sufficient if you can't find close by.

    Good luck! Medical people you can count on does matter.
     

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