anyone who reads my blog knows that i love my endocrologist and the people that work in his office. i really appreciate that i get to see an endo that lives with type 1 diabetes. he really 'gets it.' he understands what's going on and he knows what it feels like. we took a few minutes at the end of my appointment today to talk about his career ... and of course, cupcakes.
me: how long have you been an endocrinologist?
dr. awesome: since 1983, 30 years.
me: how long have you worked at this office?
dr. a: I've been with this group for 20 years.
me: what made you want to be an endocrinologist?
dr. a: two things. a lot of people think it was because i have diabetes. during my training there were a few endocrinologists that i was in contact with that i really liked so i got kind of turned on to it. the rest of it sort of fell into place. looking back, i think i'm doing exactly what i was born to do.
me: when were you diagnosed with diabetes?
dr. a: when i was 18. that was one of my high school graduation presents.
me: and you use an insulin pump?
dr. a: yes i do.
me: what is your favorite thing about your job?
dr. a: i love what i do. i'm at the point where people are asking when i'm retiring. i don't ever want to retire - as long as i'm in good health, i won't. i really love what i do.
me: what advice do you have for people living with diabetes - whether they're your patients or not?
dr. a: stay current. pay attention to things. don't get complacent. stay on top of your health but don't let it run your life.
me: what's your go-to treatment for lows?
dr. a: glucose tablets.
me: what if you don't have any with you?
dr. a: juice, coke .. anything with carbs and anything that tastes sweet. but my go-to is glucose tablets. i always have them with me.
me: what's your favorite flavor?
dr. a: grape.
me: what's your favorite kind of cupcake?
dr. a: oh gosh, anything with chocolate! recently i had one that was like carrot cake and it was pretty good too. i love all cupcakes!
imagine that, a person with diabetes who loves cupcakes. :)
without further ado, i'm revealing his true identity! you know him as dr. awesome, allow me to introduce you to the one and only, dr. fred williams!
|with my favorite endo|