Lab results; home A1C;

By majikinfl Latest Reply 2011-05-30 14:39:17 -0500
Started 2011-05-29 21:38:45 -0500

Does your MD give you all your results or just pick and choose? In the past it was like pulling hens teeth to get them to tell you anything, Lab results, any test results…like xray, CT, MRI, PET…would not even tell you your temperature, BP etc. Just wondering your experiences with mostly Lab Reports…I dislike secrets and would love it if they sent me a copy of all the tests. Also I will be having my very 1st MD check up after discharge from hospital Apr 2 [saw ARNP 4/22] It will not have been 3 months do you think they will do an A1C? I bought one of my own only to discover you can only use it twice. Anyone out there used one made by Bayer?

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dmax32 2011-05-30 13:38:23 -0500 Report

My old doctor used to mail me my blood work results each time without me asking… My new doctor doesn't mail them but if I wanted a copy they would give it to me!

I have never used a store bought A1C test…

Tigereyze209 2011-05-30 12:33:47 -0500 Report

My doctor goes over what he thinks is important for that visit, but I've found, it also helps to ask if there is a particular point you don't understand, etc.
Health care folks who treat folks with long term chronic conditions sometimes assume, rightly or wrongly, that the folks they see tend to understand their results, and if they don't ask a question, then they must already know. Not really a fault, just some get busy in a day, and when you see many folks back to back, sometimes, you try to speed things up a little, so you can get through faster.
And sadly, if healthcare keeps going the way that it looks, our doctors will be overburdened and have less time to spend with patients.

majikinfl 2011-05-30 14:30:39 -0500 Report

thanks, that is true…I am a retired nurse…but sometimes need things pointed out or insight from a different point of obversation.

Kirla 2011-05-30 06:23:54 -0500 Report

I have used both the one from Bayer and the one made by Reli-on. The Bayer one is easy to use and you get the results in about 5 minutes. The Reli-on one you have to send it to a lab and it takes 2 weeks for the results to come back.

The Bayer doesn’t take lots and lots of blood. Not much more than a regular sample for testing blood sugar. The Reli-on one you have to fill 2 large circles on a sheet of paper. You have to bleed a lot to get enough blood.

I was happy with the test results for either meter. The Reli-on test kit I got a 5.4 A1C. The Bayer I have used 3 times. Got a 5.8, 5.2 and the last time 5.9 A1C.

The Reli-on test kit cost about 9-10 dollars for one test. The Bayer cost about 28-30 thirty dollars for 2 tests. Both can be purchased at Wal-Mart.

majikinfl 2011-05-30 14:33:16 -0500 Report

thank you for your input…I was beginnig to think I wasted my money. Good to hear someone say something good about them. I do know MD offices use these rapid test modules.

sc1boy 2011-05-30 00:17:34 -0500 Report

u can ask the doc or their nurse to send you a copy of you medical record and it should have everything you are wanting in it along with the a1c. I get a copy of mine when I go so I can show the other docs that I go to when they ask.

AuntieM234 2011-05-29 22:10:35 -0500 Report

I've not yet used the home A1c test, but I did purchase one yesterday. I'm not sure why I bought it yesterday. My doctor has a standing order for all my diabetes-related labs. I'm just supposed to walk into the lab about once a quarter, so 4 times a year. Read my response to the discussion about having to wait for lab results. As for receiving information, the Doctor and his assistant are usually both pretty forthcoming about all of my information. If they forget to tell me something, I just ask. It is pretty easy, because my Doctor always takes whatever time he needs in order to give me time to address any questions and/or concerns I may have. He is the bomb!!

majikinfl 2011-05-30 14:39:17 -0500 Report

i have NEVER met my new MD…he is family practice DO, in a large group practice with all kinds of mds, endo, Internal medicine, sergeons, orthos, ob/gyn, peds, even RD on staff, maybe I hope a fiabetic educator. I will know Jun 8 if we mesh. I am timid and a bit frightened being my first contact. Have a mile long list of wishes and questions…thanks for the info