Get a letter from your doctor should you go into the hospital with Covid-19

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CDE Carolyn Robertson advises people with diabetes, particularly type 1 or type 2 who use insulin, to have a letter from their doctor should they need to go into the hospital with coronavirus. Of course, I’m glad to have this letter should I need hospitalization for any reason. According to Carolyn the letter should make these points:

  • You have insulin dependent diabetes and require insulin continuously to survive
  • Your medical conditions, medications with dose and timing, allergies
  • Diabetes team member name and phone number

I wrote my doctor a draft letter based on this information and then he finessed it and put it on his hospital’s stationary.  Feel free to use this as a sample for your own doctor. (I have omitted my doctor’s identifying information).

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At the bottom of the letter my endo put his name, telephone number and the hospital he’s affiliated with.

I asked my endo to do this over email and he sent it back in three days. Three years ago I lost my last endo after 9 years with her when her hospital stopped taking my insurance. My current endo is definitely the silver lining that emerged from that fiasco.

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