Who is on your Diabetic Team?

By TsalagiLenape Latest Reply 2011-10-10 08:16:07 -0500
Started 2011-10-06 08:23:39 -0500

I was asked that by a doctor yesterday! I started laughing out loud and long! Why are you laughing? the doctor asked me. I said "Doc with all the other professional people and etc plus family and friends, I dont have no such thing as a Diabetic Team." I am the one who keeps them all knowing of what is going on with each other doctor appointments and etc. Not the other way around. That I am doing the job since they cant seem to get their act together regarding myself. Then I explained that as for family and friends I have 3 out of 20+ people. Doctor is mystified by my laughter and resilentcy of moving forward. I just said I dont count on anyone by myself. Makes it easier for me. THis way no one else can disappoint me. Although the family friends and doctors have anyway. I also said I can let this get to me or I can sweep it away and focus on what I need to do for myself. Then explained how I stumbled onto this website. How its helping me as well letting me help others at the same time. So hence I am able to keep positive motivated and moving forward pro actively on my health diabetes and life. Thus I may not have all the answers but I am also currently looking. So I hope this helps others to realize if you have to grab your boot straps and keep moving forward regardless of the negativity and etc. Hope this helps as it was meant too. Have a great day!:)

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sheriden 2011-10-06 22:01:21 -0500 Report

You all are my teem and I yours. My family dose not live close by and when we are together watch my BG levels as I have given them many Ed mat, fliers My doc's orders ect. this has helped them a great deal. When I was visiting my older daughter this past wk. end I did a BG before and after dinner it was a little crazy and I was on here asking about a 375 BG level at the same time I saw my daughter calling ER and telling them I was visiting and had this 375 BG did she need to bring me in. She was as freaked as I. I have never gone above 200. The ER doc told her not a problem to tell my doc when I get home. So if she were here she would be more support but I may be nuts with her making calls. LOL. I have some support where I live but I do not know what I would do with out the connect's. Thank you all for being my teem I love you all for all you are willing to give of your time and support esp, us newbee's. Blessings to you all.

lacat87 2011-10-08 16:16:00 -0500 Report

Welcome to this community Sheriden. I also don't have a team. Well, I don't think I do. Not sure what that means, tho. I do have an NP to call for help as well as an Rn at my Endo. doctor's office. So does that mean I have a team? Anyway, this is a good place to be for help, suggestion, support. While you are getting help from here you are also helping someone else too! Hugs to you!!

jayabee52 2011-10-08 18:53:29 -0500 Report

Howdy Laura!
Well you do have medical team for managing your DM! Your NP The PCP your NP practices under, the RN in the Endo's office, the Endo himself. Additionally you might have any signifigant others in your life who assist in your management of this condition, and then all of us here on DC. You have quite a large team, Laura.



TsalagiLenape 2011-10-07 07:36:57 -0500 Report

We are all at one time a newbie! LOL Yet we search until we find this place. Where support love and understanding along with help is only a few clicks away. Thus we are each other's supports. I have many friends online who I have never met and some I have actually met online then in person. Let me tell you that sometimes its the ones we connect with that makes the difference. Also you need to talk to you CDE aka Certified Diabetic Educator or doctor to find out what you can do in Emergency situations like you faced. Have back up plans just in case. I know that the American Association of Diabetes has some info as well. Hope this helps as it was meant too. Hugs

Beata2 2011-10-06 16:10:26 -0500 Report

Love your attitude! I have a sign hanging up in my house, it says "Put on your big girl panties and deal with it."

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-07 07:33:05 -0500 Report

I have a button pin that says the same thing! I got it at the time when my daughter was being a brat! LOL Love it! Hugs

Type1Lou 2011-10-06 10:01:54 -0500 Report

I love your attitude! We are each individually responsible for the decisions we make (or don't make) in managing our diabetes. When I felt that my GP's approach to treating my diabetes was not helping but making things worse, I asked for an endocrinologist referral. Had I stayed with the GP, I fear I'd be dead by now. My endo has gotten me back on the path to better control. As diabetics, we need to understand and "buy into" our treatment if it's going to work. That means partnering with our health professionals and not fearing to ask questions. It means making the effort to count those carbs. It means learning as much as we can and making the right choices. Not only am I blessed to have a spouse who has literally saved my life more than once, my friends are also very supportive. DC is a fantastic resource for us all!

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-06 10:43:52 -0500 Report

Well if things dont change I will change them! My attitude is what keeps me going. For it makes others realize how small they really are in the way they think and etc. LOL Hugs

granniesophie 2011-10-06 09:53:13 -0500 Report

You are so right! You must rely on yourself to seek out and find the answers. I don't have a "Diabetic Team" either. That is sooo laughable! I have you all, and that is the best help, and I look stuff up on the Internet and that helps also. As I heve mentioned before, my doctor dislikes me because I question everything, but he is stuck with me, and I with him-so we go with the flow, and I do my own thing between visits and tell him what I did then .
My daughter is a good support too, she gets it, but thats about all there is, having no actual friends in Phoenix and a mother that has Diabetes and is in denial, and will be on Kidney dialysis any minute now because of not controlling it, and a brother who says my Diabetes is all my fault, and I caused it myself. Yeah, nice brother he is-luckily I only see him once a year for about 2 hours, and lately, thats how I like it!
You really must take care of yourself, you are the only one who knows how you feel and how you can take care of you best :)

Type1Lou 2011-10-06 10:05:42 -0500 Report

Poetic justice would be your brother developing diabetes too…not that I really wish this condition on anyone. I only have one brother and we haven't spoken in 6 years since my Mom died…wish we could have been closer but he hasn't left a big hole in my life.

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-06 10:45:33 -0500 Report

Hate to say it but some Diabetes is genetic! Sad about losing contact with your brother Lou and sad that our families dont understand or support us. Hang in there we are here for each other. Hugs

Type1Lou 2011-10-06 13:42:14 -0500 Report

My Dad developed diabetes in his early 60's and lived another 21 years. Back in the mid-50's they didn't have a lot of the drugs available now, nor the meters and other technological gizmos, like insulin pumps. Dad tested his urine every morning for BG level and gave himself one shot of U-40 Protomine Zinc insulin which was derived from animal insulin. He had to resharpen his needles when they got dull…no disposable syringes back then. The only artificial sweetener was saccharine and there were lots fewer food alternatives available. Even though diabetes is still not EASY, it's a lot easier than Dad had it…something to be thankful for.

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