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Old 12-10-2007, 12:41 PM
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My 21 month old son was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. My husband & I are willing to move to a bigger city so that he gets 'top notch' care. Does anyone have an opinion re. where the best pediatric hospitals are, to treat Type 1 diabetes (besides Joslin). Thank you.
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:00 PM
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If you'll promise not to move based solely on the names I throw out ... I've heard of a pediatric diabetes center in Denver (Barbara Davis Center). The top children's hospitals I've heard of include Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins, and Boston.
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:10 AM
Location: Chicago 'burbs'
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Childrens Memorial in Chicago. I'd try to find a good pediatric hospital in your area before you move. If you call a big hospital in your area they should be able to give you referrals for a ped's doc. Your regular Ped's doctor should be able to tell you who is the best in the area. Tell them you are willing to travel to have the best. Most nurses on the ped's floors at the hospital know who is the best, too, if you could talk to one of them.

BTW. Where do you live?

Good luck to you!
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:35 AM
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Thank you for your reponses.
We currently live in Tucson. We go our local university medical center that has a ped. endocrinology clinic. We have only been a part of all of this since Nov. 20. We just feel that there is probably more 'leading edge' care out there. We know about Boston, Denver, John Hopkins, Chicago, & NY. I think, we were just hoping for somewhere a little more affordable. We'll make it work though. Thanks again.
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:34 PM
Location: Highland Village
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Hi Charmaine!
I wanted to write because I am a type one diabetic and have been for over 27 years. I was diagnosed right after my third birthday. There are so many amazing technologies out there now, it has changed so much for the better since my diagnosis. I wanted to tell you you can dm me anytime about any of it. It can be so difficult in the begining, but I promise as you learn as a family how to control blood sugars, life does go back to being very normal. I was diagnosed while my parents lived in Alabama, but as a child lived in 5 more small towns that all had good pediatric docs. Before you move, check in to all the docs nearby and interview them until you find one that fits your needs. I wish you the best and send much love to your son. I know how he feels and it does get better. Many blessings.

PS. If you are set on moving, look into Nashville. Vanderbuilt has some wonderful people. Our neighbor before we moved was finishing up his residency as a pediatric endocrinologist! And Nashville is very reasonable to live in!
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