Managing IBD and Its Complications Requires the Right Healthcare Team

Managing IBD and Its Complications Requires the Right Healthcare Team
Football season has returned, and it feels like fall, despite the 100-degree weather. Our lives revolve around the “Friday Night Lights” of high school games and waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Lee Corso put on a mascot’s head on ESPN’s “College GameDay,” followed by 12 hours of college football. Side note: I’m still giddy from the magnificent win my Auburn Tigers eked out over Oregon in the last nine seconds of the game. War Eagle! Fantasy football leagues are forming as people draft the best NFL players to create super teams to compete for money or bragging rights. I don’t play, but my husband does. Once when he had to work late, I started his draft. The pressure made me so anxious that I refused to do it again. Selecting a healthcare team can be as complicated and stressful as picking a fantasy football lineup. Since my Crohn’s diagnosis in 2006, I’ve assembled a solid team, mainly through referrals from providers with whom I’ve had long and trusted relationships. While some of the players have been replaced, the specialties have remained the same. My reliable defensive unit includes my gynecologist, optometrist, and dentist. With my gastroenterologist (GI) as my quarterback, I have five other key players rounding out the team: my primary care physician, endocrinologist, hepatologist, dermatologist, and nephrologist. Following my Crohn’s diagnosis and considering my complicated medical history, I selected an internist as my primary care physician because I thought that she could provide me with the best care. However, I rarely see her unless I need a specialist referral for insurance purposes or for a minor ailment unrelated to my chronic diseases. Sometimes, if she’s unavailable, I attend another physician at the clin
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