Specialty Doctors for Special Patients

When Ryan Daines’ parents realized he had type I diabetes, they took him straight to Riley at IU Health. Ryan’s dad, Robert, an EMT/firefighter, and mom, Suzette, a school nurse, had the medical training to know he needed a specialty doctor. “We knew he needed to be at Riley at IU Health,” says Robert.

It didn’t take long to know they’d made the right decision. “It was like 10 tons got lifted off our shoulders when we walked in,” remembers Robert. “We got there at 1:00 in the morning and they took care of us. We felt like we were the only people in that hospital. It’s just the way you get treated.”

It was more of the same with Ryan’s doctor, Tamara Hannon, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist. “When she walked in, we just connected. Still today, every time we see her we feel like he’s her only patient, that she came to work just to see him,” says Robert.

During Ryan’s four-day stay at Riley at IU Health, he and his parents teamed up with his doctor and diabetes specialists, learning about the disease and what would be involved in managing it. For Ryan it would mean insulin injections four times a day, monitoring his diet, including calculating the carbohydrates he ate.

Within a month, he says they felt like they were “in their groove”, though they had a learning curve when baseball season started, having to monitor his numbers and make adjustments due to the activity and excitement of playing. “Dr. Hannon and the Riley nutritionist explained what to look for,” says Robert.

Now two years later, the Daines say the support hasn’t let up. “Whenever we have a question we can call,” says Robert. “Dr. Hannon, Linda, her nurse practitioner – they’ve been great about helping us keep on track.”

The multidisciplinary pediatric diabetes team at Riley at IU Health are dedicated to providing excellent care and the latest treatment options for children like Ryan who suffer from diabetes, or disorders of the thyroid or endocrine glands. As a leader in Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, Riley at IU Health was recently ranked 9th by U.S.News and World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals.

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