The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Doctors

By dietcherry Latest Reply 2013-03-21 01:24:45 -0500
Started 2011-05-09 10:32:50 -0500

somoca started a Discussion titled, "The day you found out you were diabetic". There was something being commonly repeated: Drs were giving a diagnosis and then checking out on the follow-up. So this Discussion was a natural progression. When you were diagnosed with D, what was your Dr's attitude? Was he there for you, answering your questions, educating you about D management, explaining your new meds, if any, and your new diet, and generally making you feel he cared?

92 replies

lorider70 2013-03-19 13:00:20 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed in 1989; my GP immediately referred me to a Dr. that specialized in diabetes. that Dr. was going to put me on injections until my wife and I asked about diet and oral med. He agreed to try it and I remain on that regimen today; though I have a feeling that may change at my next appt. in April. Just have a feeling some things have changed in the last few months…neuropathy worse, general feeling of muscle weakness, etc. Blood tests at home haven't changed much; but went in for labs today so we'll know in a day or so. Hoping for the best; but prepared for the worst. At my age anything can take a change for the worse I guess.

Meemaw 47
Meemaw 47 2013-03-19 22:19:49 -0500 Report

There are natural ways for you to take control and not let diabetes defeat you. Do Internet research. I have found several ways to lower my daily readings and to help with the neuropathy pain. Don't give up yet.

Jackie375 2013-03-19 12:18:45 -0500 Report

The day I found out I was a diabetic was shortly after coming out of a coma. The nurses came in to check my BS after what they called a meal and then came back to give me a shot of insulin. The doctor came the next day and told me I was a diabetic and that I would need to see a dietician and take meds for my diabetes. I also went to a class so I could learn all about it and be able to take good care of myself along with my family's help and the doctor's help. It was life changing but so was the coma. It scared everyone especially me to a wake up call of taking better care of myself. The diabetes was the most wake up call.

Tony5657 2013-03-19 10:15:55 -0500 Report

Ahhh yesss, the Spanish/Hispanic Medicare Dr. I had. With my 3 choices given above, (the good, the bad, and the ugly) - (in Spanish = el bueno, el malo y el feo) he was El Malo - The Bad! … He was in a hurry, said I was heading toward diabetes, prescribed 3 meds & sent me confused & on my way to play in the traffic. On the way out of his office I picked up 3 booklets about diabetes and of course, they were all published by drug companies and were hawking their lil' pils, none of which I had filled.

Oh yes, he was nice enough to write me a few notes but it looked like Arabic or maybe some Klingon dialect & I couldn't make any sense out of that scrawl. I came home and got on my computer, I found this site and some others, ordered some books and gave myself a crash course in "The life & care of a pre-diabetic with high LDL cholesterol."

The short version is, I completely changed my lifestyle - exercise, no alcohol, no sugar or sugar substitutes at all, no processed foods at all, no white flour, etc.. OK this is supposed to be the short version - I will add pharmaceutical grade vitamins & supplements & stress relief practices involving much prayer & meditation in God's Word, The Bible.

All the above was tailored specifically in my attack on high LDL, slightly elevated blood glucose & blood pressure. Oh yes, I also lost 40 lbs. My recent check up with a new Dr. showed I'm normal on all counts but my blood pressure was a tiny bit high, but hey, she's a really pretty female Dr. I told her that she was the reason for that tiny rise in BP & she blushed.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX looking forward to my next Dr. visit! ;o)

Lentyl 2013-03-19 11:26:56 -0500 Report

The only thing that the doctor that I had at the time did was to phone and tell me that I had diabetes. No follow-up, rein du tout! I changed doctors. My current physician listens carefully, tells me that I'm doing well with the diet changes and exercise and checks my blood work every three months. If I weren't doing well he'd d more intervention.

Tony5657 2013-03-20 06:28:56 -0500 Report

Hey Lentyl,

It appears you've done good with your new Dr.! In keeping with this discussion title "The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Doctors" you now have "El Bueno" Dr. (The Good Dr.). :o) You are an encouragement! Here's a cyber hug for you!!!! {{HUG}} It took time, courage & discipline to do what you did - ya done good, kiddo! :o)

Hopefully this discussion will encourage our precious, valuable group members, (honestly ALL our group members are precious & valuable), who are not receiving personal care to make the switch to a Dr. who will educate and stay & not only medicate and run. We know this takes time, but hey, it's our lives. I, for one, don't have a death wish. Life with diabetes doesn't have to be like a crap shoot (left up to chance). By the way, I was never good at shooting craps! I lost most of the time. :o(

Many thanks to Dietcherry for initiating this discussion, to you Lentyl, & to others who are sharing. Education, education & more education is so very important to us and ALL of us must do all we can to learn about diabetes - "its care and feeding" so to speak. It's complex.

I also thank ALL who are involved in the "care & feeding" of this superb web group! Thank you for your innovativeness, for the countless hours you spend in the support, constant enhancements and maintenance. I also thank you for the personal touches you have shared via articles, personal comments, discussions, etc., etc.. Thank you for the never ending education & encouragement I have received and will continue to receive!!!!!!!!!!! :o)

Tony5657 learning more every day in New Braunfels, TX

Jan8 2013-03-19 08:04:32 -0500 Report

I had been in a D coma and the doc was very kind and supportive as I was coming out of it. He told me myy Bg was over 750 and that I had diabetes .i thought well I'll just treat it like taking vitamins every day. how little i knew the highs and lows of it.

JSJB 2013-03-19 04:44:44 -0500 Report

My PCP explained everything to me and perscribed meds which he also explaind their purpose but what really did it was, " Don't worry you are pre diabetic and we will reverse it."

TsalagiLenape 2011-11-09 14:50:48 -0600 Report

I was given info to read. A script to get filled and that was it. Now wondering what an endocrinologist does. Not sure but hope someone can clue me in. Then have to see if I need a referral for that. Thank you

jayabee52 2011-11-09 22:56:40 -0600 Report

actually I believe that it depends on what type of insurance you have. I have heard on TV some plans say "no referral needed to go to a specialist" so it depends. I haven't checked into that plan further.

dietcherry 2011-11-09 18:40:00 -0600 Report

An Endo specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the endocrine system. They studied the glands and hormones of the body, the pancreas and insulin being examples of both.

bjwarren123 2011-11-09 11:30:24 -0600 Report

I was having a lot of strange symptoms; falling down frequently, dizziness, swelling in my joints, loss of appetite, excessive thirst, sick all the time. When I went to my family practice they thought I had rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. I was referred to a rheumatologist. He put me on all kinds of medications and started bloodwork. A few weeks later he called me back in the office to retest. The doctor told me that I was fat and that was all that was wrong with me. My glucose was over 160 everytime he tested me. I left that quack's office and never went back. I was 23 then. Now, at 34 years old, I finally have found the right doctor. I strongly recommend seeking out an endocrinologist as soon as possible for all diabetics. It took alot of time to find the right one, but it was well worth it.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-09 08:41:33 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with diabetes when hospitalized for congestive heart failure. My cardiologist had an endocrinologist visit me and started me on my treatment plan. He is a specialist in his field and had a diabetes specialist see me. I really appreciated his actions. I also have a sister-in-law who is a RN / CDE who gave me a highly personalized education and course of action. I was lucky, if you can be lucky when being diagnosed with diabetes, to have a knowledgeable & concerned doctor and a loving sister-in-law.

BevK 2011-11-05 00:02:25 -0500 Report

My Dr. Was a champ!! I think that I surprised her with my knowledge though! My family has been battling the Big D for as long as I can remember, type 1 and type 2. I'm carrying on the fight unfortunately!! I have a great Dr, and a great team of Drs on my team! If we were playing in the Super Bowl, I know we would win. My Drs have the know how, the determination, big careing hearts, and compassion!! I'm lucky to have such a great team backing me up!!

dietcherry 2011-11-05 10:50:00 -0500 Report

Thats wonderful Bev! I guess they cant all be Superbowl champs but they should atleast make the play-offs! ;)

BevK 2011-11-05 11:29:30 -0500 Report

Thanks diet cherry!! I do have some great Drs, and as time goes by I'm finding this to be truer all the time!! I'm a lucky girl, and I thank God for my many blessings!!have a good day Sweetie, and God Bless You!!

Copperchef 2011-05-22 08:36:47 -0500 Report

My Doctor was and still is the best. When I was diagnosed with D., he immediately began explaining what and how the disease worked and why it is so insidious. Then he signed me up for classes at my local hospital with a diabetic clinician and a dietician. He has monitored my progress from the beginning and keeps on top of all the latest drugs and treatments. He took me off Janumet about 5 months ago and prescribed Victoza for me. I love this drug. It has helped me with weight lose and to stabilize my numbers. I get by now on 3 meals a day instead of 5 smaller meals. Everytime I see my doctor he does a fist pump when he sees my A1C and BG numbers. I recently had my Metformin reduced from 2000 mg a day to 1000 mg a day.
He makes sure that I see an opthamologist and a podiatrist regularly.
My wife was just recently diagnosed with TypeII and switched over to my doctor because hers was a dud when it came to the disease. She says it was the best move she ever made.

pixsidust 2011-05-22 03:25:22 -0500 Report

My Doctor was empathetic but did not teach me much. I was given a meter, meds and told I needed to go to a dietitian. She did not say much beyond that. I really felt at a loss and gained some ground when I came here. I still need to find some classes to take. Thank goodness for the internet and being able to research things.

sisson 2011-05-21 22:15:16 -0500 Report

The only thing that I can remember is getting so mad because they wouldn't give me a monitor to check my BS because I was a type 2 and I wasn't on insulion and and I was on Glibaride.
So as soon as I got on medical I got my monitor and change and strated takeing classes.
But things have have change over the years I have to start all over again and find new classes and new doctors. Take care Penny

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-21 21:34:49 -0500 Report

Went a few weeks ago for my 2nd eye exam since being diagnosed with Diabetes. The Eye Dr. was as good at the 2nd as the 1st. He explained many things before I had to ask him about possible complications. He asked who my principal Dr. was who deals with my diabetes. Then promised he would send the results of his exam to him. He must take awful thorough notes about what we discussed last year or has an incredible memory. He asked questions about what had been the results of other health issues I had been facing last year. He gave me a very thorough exam. It was on a par with my previous eye Dr. who treated me when I had a retina try to tear. If we woud not hve moved I am sure he would have continued to provide excellant care.

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-05-21 14:03:45 -0500 Report

I went through 4 Doctors before I found the right one, then he transferred and I went through two more before I finally found a Endocronologist, he really helped me and talked to me and really cared, he put me on the right meds and released me two months ago, if I have problems he says I can come back to him, who in turn referred me to the Kidney Specialist, which is fabulous he tests for everything, he said that is what a specialist does, he gave me his phone number in case I have any questions or problems, who referred me to the current Doctor I now have so, instead of three I now have two, and they listen to me and treat me so very kind, they do not rush, they listen. I am so blessed, it was a struggle, I reported the last two Doctors . I am a diabetic who works hard everyday to keep alive and I am not going to let anyone come between me and happiness.

dietcherry 2011-05-21 16:27:35 -0500 Report

Amen June! Just like with any other profession, there are the good and the bad. It can be tough to stand up and report a Dr but we must do it for ourselves and others. Thanks for your input!

June Tademy
June Tademy 2011-05-21 19:08:26 -0500 Report

Thank you dietcherry for your response. This is one of my touchy subjects "Doctors" so many of them just do not care and show it and I was just tired of it. I know that the doctors that I reported either changed their attitude and/or were reprimanded. You are right in all professions there are the good and the bad, and we must stand up for ourselves and pave the way for others that follow us. Bless you and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

LadyJacquelyn 2011-05-10 20:24:29 -0500 Report

DIET???? What diet??? I was told to take These Pills and eat less sugar and everything would be OK. Then why when I went to the doc he was so mad that my sugar was high. Oh by the way…What is a high sugar count??? or a low sugar count.

northerngal 2011-05-11 09:15:24 -0500 Report

For type 1, they generally prefer to see the bs under 200. Much higher is when damage begins. Usually under 80 is considered low. For people who can't feel lows, they'll recommend keeping the bs a little bit higher. Normal is between 80-120 (for those not diabetic). If you are on oral medication only, you are type 2 and they want to see numbers much closer to normal. And its not sugar that causes bs to rise, its carbs. You need a Dr who's willing to explain things and help you pick the right foods. (A dietician).

roshy 2011-05-10 19:05:52 -0500 Report

i will never forget going down to the family GP ( i think i had teh mumps at the time) in anyways he asked the usual question 'how are your sugars? ( i was 19 at the time and struggling terribly with accepting the diabetes) i remember breaking down in his office after telling him i wasnt taking my needles properly. Well he laid bricks on me started firing abusive comments that were so down putting, He looked at me and said, id expect this from a 15 year old but not a 19 year old!!

He was sooooo judgemental and unempathic, he made me feel like such a failure!! he honestly had no idea how hard it is to accept and live with something like this!!

the following year i went back to his surgery and he asked me the same question ' how is you sugars?' i told him they are in better control since the last time. he replied ' well thats good because you were in a mess last time'

Then i said well if you had to stick a needle in your arse every four hours youd be a mess too!

he didnt reply!!! i just cant get over these doctors who are supposed to be supportive and encouraging and easy to confide in!!!! id get more symapthy from the homeless on the street!!

but not all doctors are like this!! there are some genuine caring professionals out there, its just a pity my gp is such a wally!!!

northerngal 2011-05-11 09:10:38 -0500 Report

You deserve a pat on the back for standing up for yourself. Sometimes thats what it takes. My Endocrinologist gets very angry when patients lie to her or don't even attempt to follow her instructions. It has to get frustrating for them when they deal with that a lot, because they know the harm that that behavior can cause. I've done good documentation, etc multiple times and they have good dieticians and educators. She is smart enough to realize that sometimes, even when you do everything right, there can still be problems. There are times of the month that it just doesn't matter what I eat or how much insulin, the bs will be high. For a lot of women, the premenstrual hormone shifts cause a lot of fluctuations in bs and I'm one of them. They understand that and I'm careful to keep a closer watch at that time. It helps but doesn't prevent lows. Accepting it is a process and you'll get there. You have too much spirit and it can be a pain, but you feel a lot better when its controlled.

tabby9146 2011-05-10 08:50:57 -0500 Report

my doc's attitude was not good. There was no emotion, so sympathy in her face, or her words. yet, she knew me personally, had for all of my life. When I got off the Metformin, and she saw how well I was doing, and sticking to the diet, most of the time anyway, and exercising almost daily, she was so pleased and really congratulated me. Still though, there are a few things I don't like, so I am considering changing docs, to a different primary physician but have no idea who to choose.

northerngal 2011-05-10 14:43:00 -0500 Report

There are information booklets available for any Dr out there. Don't just see what school they went to and if they are married or not. Who cares?? That doesn't tell you if they are good or bad. I find that the younger ones tend to be a little more up-to-date on diabetic treatments, types and best uses of insulins, foods that help and harm, etc. I got the best info from the dieticians. The MD needs to know what to look for and the medical portions. Dieticians are better at the effect foods have on the readings, because we are all different (I believe that my pancreas produced some insulin for 20+ years, just not enough and I went on insulin immediately. But occasionally, it would function which created a lot of lows that couldn't be explained). Too many others things affect it and they need to understand that. Even if you eat exactly the same food, and do exactly the same amount of work and exercise, you WILL NOT have the same readings. We aren't machines with a key for input and one for output= results.

tabby9146 2011-05-10 08:52:49 -0500 Report

the good thing is, I was able to set up a payment plan and extend it out a long time. I have decent insurance, did back then too, but despite that, a lot was coming out of pocket, high deductible, so just as I nearly got paid up, other things I had to go in for, all turned out alright, but I was paying her office for well over a year.

MoeGig 2011-05-09 21:32:08 -0500 Report

As I mentioned in the above post, I was entered the Joslin Clinic teaching unit for a week of education. You went to classes on the disease, they tested your sugar daily and fed you measured amounts of food. (You weren't allowed to bring anything in from the outside while there). They were teaching the "exchange" method of counting carbs, etc. It was really great, but I don't think they offer this service anymore where you go in day and night. Ultimately, though, you have to become your own doctor. Although the endo I go to is quite good, I know what I need to do to stay on the straight and narrow.

mindiee 2011-05-09 17:46:05 -0500 Report

at first my doctor wasnt so great, I was going to a PCP who just gave me Lantus and Humulin and blamed it on the Prednisone I was on. After my sugars where way out of control for a month I decided to get an endo… I ended up at Joslin clinic where I have had the most amazing care I could have ever imagined… My Dr is unbelievably supportive and even though she didnt do all the testing she should of when I was first dealing with diabetes She really sat and went over everything with me. She set me up with a diabetes educator and a diatician along with an exercise physiologist. When I came off the medication and lost almost 65 lbs and still had hyperglycemia in the 500 s when off my insulin she decided to do more testing that is when we found that I did not have type 2 or hyperglycemia due to medication but rather that I was producing no insulin and we were just lucky they had chosen to treat me the way they did. My endo said that she was wrong and has been a key in my health care team. I LOVE MY ENDO TEAM ! all of them :)

northerngal 2011-05-10 14:33:23 -0500 Report

It shouldn't have taken that long to figure it out, or to run further tests. They aren't expensive or complicated. Glad they got it right and hopefully, you'll be on your way to feeling much better and being more able to keep up the good work.

mindiee 2011-05-10 17:19:43 -0500 Report

Unfortunately due to other medical complications my case was very complicated and it just wasnt one of the top priorities… we had the right treatment just the wrong diagnosis .. all in all they did an amazing job and still are doing a great job

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-09 17:25:09 -0500 Report

I am happy with my PCP. He listens to me, answers my questions, and refers me to good specialists when needed. He never has made me feel like I'm just one more bit of income. Of course making a dramatic exit by wheelchair to the ER across the street on visit #1 might make me a little more easy to remember. He isn't the one who tested for the diabetes, there wasn't time that day. He has stayed on top of it along with the other problems that came up last year. He talked with both my surgeons before and after the surgeries.
My previous PCP had a wonderful bedside manner. How his office staff was hard to deal with. His referal network of Drs. was not as high of calliber as my new PCP. There where times issues were ignored. I think some things could have been caught earlier that I had to deal with last year. But since I had moved better care was available.

edvel54 2011-05-09 16:47:21 -0500 Report

My doctor has been there for me for the most part.takes the time to answer my questions now & in the past. If I didn't respect the way he has managed my diabetes, I could have changed doctors long ago. I have been with him from the start.and will be with him for a long time to come.

SongDude 2011-05-09 12:08:31 -0500 Report

I remember Dr. Gilson - when I was a kid in Newton, MA - he'd come to the house, make diagnoses (usually a cold or flu that my brother and I were sharing at the time - haha), and, then… he'd make wondrous animal balloons for us… ah, those were the days… Marcus Welby was on TV, and, doctors were 'haute cool'…

As the laws have changed over the years, so has our medical care system. The only way that I know for anyone to get good medical care is to have a good, committed primary care physician. They can be hard to find - sometimes, you end up waiting in the waiting room for too long, and, your appointment time goes by for over an hour… it is doctors of that ilk, who give the medical practitioners of today a bad rap. To medical practitioners of that stripe, it is all a numbers game.

Get 'em in, get 'em out, and keep 'em coming back…

Also, beware of medical groups - your doctor may be a good one, within a medical group, but, they also tend to be the ones who have higher fees, and have constraints placed upon them - due to being part of a larger organization - where they are scrupulous about the 'bottom line'…

If you can, find a doctor who is like the well-known author John Grisham's description of a 'Street Lawyer' - the doctor who is independent, has a folksy way of dealing with his patients, and, is not out just to make a buck. Someone who really, truly cares about his or her patients, in the old-school way many of us remember.

northerngal 2011-05-09 16:46:40 -0500 Report

A lot of that,"get em in, get em out" is thanks to the insurance industry. They dictate how many patients the Dr has to see each day. The allotted time per appointment was 15 minutes. Thats not enough time to have any kind of discussion, especially if you have questions or problems that need to be solved. Its not set up to provide for patient care, it's meant to make the investors money.

SongDude 2011-05-10 14:25:50 -0500 Report

So true, 100%. It isn't about the patients, it's about the investors… the Republican deregulation of both industries during the Reagan era, is to blame for this… such BS… and these are the pundits who scream about Big Government…

northerngal 2011-05-10 14:58:15 -0500 Report

Government has it place, just not in making or dictating medical decisions. Thats like taking advice from your neighbor, he might be well informed or he might know absolutely nothing. At least if they've earned the MD, they had to have learned something!!!

Narg 2011-05-09 11:41:32 -0500 Report

Since I've been a diabetic for 38 years, I don't remember a whole lot about my first doctor. He was very very good though. One of the leaders in Diabetic care in the area. He told my parents at the time, that I may have only about 4 years to live. Which was very normal at the time because very little was known about Type 1 diabetes. My mother being the type that would never take bad news as a norm, didn't allow that to happen. Neither did that first doctor. That first doctor was very responsive to my parents continual questions and concerns. (yeah, my Mom is one of those "type A" personalities to an extreme…) Fortunate for me, they were relentless in my care and I'm still here today to talk much about it. He passed away many years ago, and I've had to search for others a few time due to that and moving around a bit.

I've seen a lot of good and unfortunately some very bad doctors since then. My current Endo is fortunately on the good side. He doesn't have a "bed side manner" so to say, but he does know his stuff and does get to the point, which I like a lot. A couple years ago when I was starting to first see some signs of complications for a diabetic of my age and getting kind of stressed about it. He was a bit blunt on my control in saying "It'd be a shame to waste all the money we have spent on you in controlling your diabetes to not work harder now…" Wow. That's why I like him, because he gets down to it quickly and doesn't mix words. That statement woke me up. A trait that I'd gauge anyone for any thing they do as high.

northerngal 2011-05-09 16:55:35 -0500 Report

I was also diagnosed 38 years ago, and there was never any mention that my life expectancy was only a few years. This was a small town Dr. but he did pretty well. Not greatly informed about D, but he did his best with the knowlege of the time. Amazing how much better it is now, isn't it? By the way, he gave the go ahead for any sports or activities I wanted to do. Something a lot of people still get wrong.

Narg 2011-05-10 08:31:38 -0500 Report

I've always been suprised that even today folks believe that diabetics are limited in what they can do. While the reality is, we are just as able as anyone. And should be, for good health reasons.

dietcherry 2011-05-09 11:52:12 -0500 Report

I know there is a high burn-out rate for lots of medical workers; seems to me your Dr is doing it right. He knows the dark side but he walks in sunshine. K Im mixing metaphors here but you know what I mean!
And another thing: you totally took me back 30 years! My Dr then told my Mom I would be lucky to live to 30! Man cant believe Id forgotten that!

SongDude 2011-05-09 11:38:50 -0500 Report

It took me hitting rock bottom in my life - being homeless, no health insurance, et cetera, before I found committed medical care givers. When I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes, I was shocked - I'd been through six different blood work ups, due to my health history, and, the doctors explained to me that my having Type 1 Diabetes was something that had slipped through the medical care 'cracks' in my life, due to my diet - which, throughout my life, was good - my parents weren't into fried foods, and 'junk' foods when I was growing up. I had naturally eaten what made me feel good, and, when I didn't feel good - I'd eat something with sugar in it, and, ended up feeling better. I'd gone through my whole life like that, and, didn't know I was a diabetic. To me, it was normal to have those times when I felt dizzy, sometimes sick to my stomach… and I never really dealt with it, until now - at the tender young age of 48 (49 in June). Interestingly enough, my mother was diagnosed with Diabetes - after she had suffered a major stroke. She ended up spending nearly seven years on life support (she mercifully passed away from a major infection in 1998), and, the doctors concurred that between her having Diabetes, her high blood pressure, et cetera, caused her health to fail. One disorder fed the other, and, so on. I'm finally making sure that I'm fixing my medical problems, so, that my life will be better - hopefully. Wish me luck!

RutabagaRosie 2013-03-21 01:24:45 -0500 Report

Hope you are continuing to do well and living your best Life. Take good care of yourself..that should be our FIRST priority. God bless you.

northerngal 2011-05-09 17:01:04 -0500 Report

The information today is so much better than just 10 years ago. If you had to be diagnosed with Diabetes, its better now than 30 or more years ago. They didn't know anything useful about it then. Only a few dedicated people took the time to research and study and learn. We owe them a lot. And if you already eat healthy, you won't have any problems sticking to a diabetic type healthy meal plan (I hate the term diabetic diet, there is no such thing). Keep at it and you'll do fine.

dietcherry 2011-05-09 11:58:09 -0500 Report

You were ahead of the game in already eating a healthy diet! Knowing what the symptons are now, at what age do you think you actually became diabetic?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-09 11:15:27 -0500 Report

My doctor was to the point. "How long have you been diabetic?" He had been my doctor for at least 3 years. Started me on oral med and gave me an RX for the meter. Never told me how often to test, just that 125 was my target. Never told me what was too low, what was too high. Nothing about diet. Prior to you bringing this up { :) } I always like him as a doctor! We moved since then and i am happy with my current doctor. He holds me accountable. I may not like him tomorrow, as we address my high BG #'s today at 2:30! He may put me on my rock diet! Good follow up, miss dietcherry.

dietcherry 2011-05-09 11:24:03 -0500 Report

Thank sparkle and Somoca! How did the deficit of information make you feel? Or was it only much later that you realized he really didnt tell you much of anything?

Somoca 2011-05-09 10:57:56 -0500 Report

My doctor wasn't good or bad, just disconnected. He diagnosed me and gave me a written instruction of returning and thats where the problems began. The nurses were horrible. I never got the same answer twice for any question I had. The nurses didn't want to work with my schedule of work-I was a single parent working two jobs, I can't just take a day off. And the omg you need to lose weight attitude. I thought that was funny considering NONE of the nurses were under a size 10. Now my doctor was good-looking but it didn't help the fact that I was left feeling like an american in a third world country with dictionary and bus pass.

northerngal 2011-05-10 14:28:47 -0500 Report

It seems that an awful lot of PCP's don't help because they don't know much about D. At the very least, you may need to find an internal medicine Dr. They are better informed about D and other specific diseases. The Endocrinologists need to know it inside and out, (how, why, when, who, how long, etc). The good ones can answer any question you can come up with, or will find out if they can't answer it. I have an awsome one, I don't think I've ever stumped her (yes, I've tried). She also has a (deserved) tough reputation at the hospitals. NO ONE there questions her decisions. She can be brusque, but she knows her s___! The attitude that if the numbers aren't perfect its your fault is finally fading. There are enough diabetics that they can't help but see that sometimes you do all you can and it just doesn't work. They need to be smart enough to try something else and not just blame the patient. Educating yourself is the best treatment.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-09 11:27:52 -0500 Report

Hi Somoca, One thing I have found on this site is that often we don't get the same answers. Why? We appear to be so different. What sends one person's BG through the roof doesn't bother another. One medication works well for some, while others have a bad reaction to it. There are some questions that, although I don't necessarily like the answers, get consistent answers. Such as exercise, watching carbs, drinking plain water, and avoiding anything white. It has not been a problem for me because of the type of work that I do, but if I had a regular hour type of job, I could not use this doctor. M-F 9-5. I started to chuckle about the size of the nurses. The chuckle ended up being a belly shaking laugh. I remember a doctor telling my Dad that he needed to stop smoking, while the doctor was smoking a cigarette! (40-50 years ago) Maybe you should have said to the nurse, "I try but I have difficulty with it. How do you manage to stay so slim, trim and fit?" Of course you only say this if you are sure they are done giving you any needles! I am inching away my pounds, very slowly.
Watching and dropping my daily carb intake and increasing my walking. thankfully I am pass the single-parent stage of my life and although I liked it and am proud of the job I did, I know too well the struggles that you face each day. The best to you, Jim

dietcherry 2011-05-09 11:14:51 -0500 Report

Do you think Drs are thinking everyone already knows what D is and how to handle it? Like its a no-brainer since its so prevalent now? Or since most of us have internet-access we should just Google it?

Somoca 2011-05-09 11:21:05 -0500 Report

I think that a lot of doctors have a lot on their plates and it has De-sensitized them to the world around. Let's face it, the time of Marcus Welby ( remember him?) are long gone. At this point- I am thankful when my doctor washes his hands before he touches me, because I have had some who forgot that one simple thing.

Somoca 2011-05-09 11:57:21 -0500 Report

yessss and held your hand and focused only on you..ahhhh the good old days …of