Confusion, Anger, Rage, and Confused again!

By TsalagiLenape Latest Reply 2011-10-15 07:59:58 -0500
Started 2011-10-07 08:31:02 -0500

You go to the Doctors. To help yourself and keep things in order. Yet how do you accomplish this when the Doctors and etc are giving you a pat on the head instead of answers? When over a course of months your A1C rises instead of lowering! What the heck? Thus far I have no answers nor am I getting the results I want. I want more info that isnt like trying to read in a foreign language you havent got a clue to understand. Yet just got off the phone with my one doctor which now I have an appointment for Tuesday YaY! So now maybe some answers! Yippy! So I hope to get answers which I really dont understand yet the simple carbs and the complexed carbs. So if anyone out there who has the time and can put it where others like myself can understand this, I would greatly appreciate it. Plus cant afford the gym. I know you can do it at home. But this was one of the times just for me. To get away from the chaos! LOL Thank you Wanishi Wado Have a great day!:)

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valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-10 15:11:12 -0500 Report

As I understand it as your A1C raises your BS is out of control. You may need a change in medicaton and possibly your diet (snacks espically) I had to LOL at your comment about your Doctor patting you on the head, so to speak. I changed Doctors for that same reason and my new Doc listens to me. He gives me the best answers he can and if he can't, sends me to a Specialist. But, most of my information has come from DC. I still have many questons myself, like complex carbs and simple carbs. Think I'll post that as a discussion, you and I can both learn. My thoughts are with you…Valentine Lady

annesmith 2011-10-09 23:17:13 -0500 Report

To TsalagiL enape: A Pat on the head usually means in my opinion, UNLESS you are a dedicated health nut, that they are trying to avoid spending more time with you, which is a red flag. I had this happen to me a few times over the years, and what I learned from it is I needed to either (a) get the heck out of that office and find a new doctor who really cares or (b) get copies of all my diagnoses from past doctors, along with my own symptoms I write down and make SURE that they don't just PAT me on the head the next visit. It is a backhanded insult in my opinion when they do that. It makes a person feel like " OH, I must be imagining things…there is nothing wrong with me at all." Nothing could be worse , except if one gets into an actual verbal argument with them, which I try like a dog to avoid. If I were you I'd get back in as soon as you can, and write all your current symptoms down. Then, I would ask them in the most polite way possible, BUT assertively " How come the last time I was in here you just patted me on the head and left? My a1cs have been rising, and here is what I eat"——-do that, THEN if they don't bother much—-get the heck out of there—-that makes me so mad when that happens, but, unfortunately they run a business, and they have rights to run it their own style. It's too bad they did that to you even once, though, unless by some small small chance you didn't tell them anything at all..which I doubt. They should have looked at your rising numbers, and said SOMETHING…my God, …ANNE

redcamel 2011-10-08 22:26:47 -0500 Report

Tsal unusual name. Anyway. This is the site for straight answers from people that live with Diabetes.I am not a doctor but I know what makes my BS rise and what to stay away from. Please Please just ask your questions straight up and I promise they will be answered for free. If you cant afford a gym just make it a point to walk everyday. Cardio excersise walking running anything that makes the heart work harder is a plus for Diabetics. Use the doc for info then go online Webmd or here to follow up.

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-10 08:04:15 -0500 Report

Well the town I live in is only 1 mile long. I can walk 26 blocks in 29 minutes. So doing walking is easy which I usually do whenever I can. Staying away from others who cause me stress is not exactly easy since its my family members or certain one that is right now. For the most part though I do my best. Thank you for your kind words. By the way Tsalagi translated is Cherokee and Lenape is what most people refer to as the Delawares Indians who were the ones that interacted with the first white people to the Americas. Both are tribes of Native American Indians that I am. Have a great day!:)

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-10-08 16:13:53 -0500 Report

Try gettinga low cost stationary bike for the room. Try it you'll like it! Grandpa Bill

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-10 08:05:42 -0500 Report

If I could I would. Right now with running around taking care of my daughter who just had her baby yesterday, the animals in my home, father in law who lives there as well, school and whatnot, not much else time for much. But I do walk extensively. Have a great day!:)

pixsidust 2011-10-07 11:25:47 -0500 Report

Without knowing what you eat, its hard to point to answers that could lead to why your levels are rising. I do know stress contributes but not all of it. Of course your plate has been stressful. You are right the answers are not fast and coming. If you are insured you might have him/her refer you to a Dietitian consult. Most insurances pay for one. I have had the pat on the head in and out too

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-07 17:32:46 -0500 Report

Well I was doing the daily food diary to help my dietician. But they messed up the appointment and finally on Monday I get to see her. Stress is right. Chaotic crazy sums that up. Now I am simply waiting til Monday. I may even get referred to an endo. Hugs

pixsidust 2011-10-07 19:02:03 -0500 Report

You know what you are eating and where you fall down. I can only hope it is that and not a change in your body functioning!

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-08 07:49:42 -0500 Report

I seriously dont know. That is frustrating to say the least. With no available answers from anywhere I have asked thus far not so sure. So hope that it changes on Monday. Then again with the chaos it may be something happening in the body chemistry yet again I am not sure. Hence the frustrations. Hugs

GabbyPA 2011-10-07 09:20:33 -0500 Report

A simple carb is one that is already been highly processed and thus is "simple" or easy for the body to break down. Things like white sugar, regular breads, juices and no fat sweets are very processed and go straight to the blood stream as glucose.

Complex carbs are ones that your body has to work on and usually have fiber, fat or protein in them. Beans are high carb, but also high fiber and have protein. That makes the body work harder to turn the sugar into glucose. Other complex carbs are whole grains, high fiber pastas, and whole fruits.
This is an article on it.

pattroyka58 2011-10-13 15:59:13 -0500 Report

Just don't let the advertisements fool you…read the Nutrition Facts labels on everything…I HATE those Big G commercials ___g of whole grains! No, look at the fiber content for what real whole grains are in there. My dietitian warned me, if it's not a meat and it has less than 3 g of fiber per serving, don't eat it.

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-07 09:26:20 -0500 Report

Thank you Wanishi Wado. Now that does makes more sense than what I have read thus far. Now I am going to do more research so I can have my questions ready for the doctors visit on monday!

Taz_t_man 2011-10-07 08:47:10 -0500 Report

I know what you mean about Doctors, they don't talk to you. Most of them anymore treat you like a number and send you on your way. They don't want to take the time to talk to you so you can understand what is going on with out coming back and paying for another visit. I used to have a Dr. that would take the time to explain things NO matter how long it took for you to understand, but he past away. Good luck on getting the answers you want and understanding what there saying.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-13 16:35:26 -0500 Report

I'm lucky to have a Doctor who cares, he will take the time to talk to me and make sure all is good with me A while back when he forgot to give me my script he called and said he would drop it of as he was going right by my house, it is a 15 mile trip one way for me to get to his office. I might add he sees 3 generations of us, my Mom, my daughter and myself. Old-n-Grey

annesmith 2011-10-09 23:07:28 -0500 Report

I used to have the most kind hearted doctor, and he is long retired and about 85 years old now and at home. To this day, I have not found one as good as he was—-he also listened and explained until he was sure I understood everything, and he also told me not to hesitate to come back if I needed to. There are some REALLY excellent doctors out there now, but , unfortunately, because of the health insurance situation, it's getting really bad——they are worried they won't get paid, they are inundated with patients…at the risk of sounding negative, …it's bad out there. 1 in 6 people are in poverty now, so , I WONDER, I ask myself, what NEXT? Every clinic I have been to, except for one, deliberatley turned their head on my diabetes and GLANCED down at my lowest numbers—-THEN, they tried to REdiagnose me——I would not let them—-I told them " Hey…that's not right what you are doing—-either see I have already been proven to be diabetic without a doubt, or call up my old internist and he'll tell you…" They REFUSED more than once to do this, I asked them " Why?" They ( the doctor and nurse) said " WE will decide if you are diabetic"I DON'T THINK SO. I have a best friend that is 61 years old ( I am 41), and he's been through a bad experience with some doctors——he had a bad hernia and they kept giving him antacid for an entire year for it—-then they told him there was nothing wrong with him——he got depressed, ended up calling an ambulance a year later—-to find he had a giant hernia that needed operating on. He was furious. I stick to the slightly more expensive doctors now—-the clinics are good for colds and flu. What blows my mind is I never asked the clinics to treat my diabetes—-they RUDELY walked in , glanced at my chart, said " OH—-you have an a1c of 5.9—-you are not diabetic——they did not even BOTHER checking the fact that I was almost admitted for KEDOACIDOSIS THREE times in the last 4 years at the hospital——I told them that, being they were that interested in erasing my diabetic diagnosis. They said " WELL,…" and just SHRUGGED. All they had to do was make one phone call—-they not only REFUSED to, but obviously did not WANT to—so, every time I go in there now, I dug up my OLDEST record, which STATES " brittle diabetic"——it's pretty bad out there if in some of these places a person has to go and do the office work themselves—-ANNE

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-07 09:22:49 -0500 Report

Wanishi Wado Thank you Taz! Hugs

cindygal1 2011-10-11 06:55:13 -0500 Report

I think that you need to slow down a little and read more about diabetes on here or on web md, make a list of the stuff that you are eating and swee what is raising your sugar. Make a list of what you need to discusw with the doctor and go over all of it with the doctor, most of them will answer your questions, when you get home make notes about what you discussed with your doctor, keep track of what you are eating an pend more time reading about carbs, and things that youshould be eating.

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-11 22:25:51 -0500 Report

Well CindyGal I wished I could. Yet between my father-in-law (74 yrs old) My daughter who just had her third baby on Sunday October 9 along with the house animals and then school, I feel good to take time for my own needs i.e. doctors appointments and etc. Which I did today. Had a great discussion with my dietitian. So now just a few more aspects to read again until I get it and then I can use it. So you know I have a husband but no support whatsoever from him. Thus I am doing what growing up military taught me to do which is make do. I just hope by Saturday October 15 it will actually ease up a bit. Just so you know I lost 60 pounds on my own without doctors dietitians or trainers help. Mind you this was prior to diabetes. Thus I am able to discern what my problematic areas that need work are. So thank you for the wise words. Have a great day!:)

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