How Truthful Are You?

Uncle Lew
By Uncle Lew Latest Reply 2011-11-23 00:05:21 -0600
Started 2011-11-09 08:24:59 -0600

I just read a in dLife results to a survey that asked the question “How truthful are you when discussing your diabetes self management with your healthcare provider?”
Here are the results for 565 respondents:

-The truth and nothing but the truth! 53%
-I have the best of intentions, but I don't always fully disclose. 24%
-I think some things should be shared on a need-to-know basis. 10%
-I'm not always sure what I should be sharing. 10% -
-My doc can't handle the truth! 2%

I am in the whole truth and nothing but the truth category. Sometimes it is painful and embarrassing but I figure if my endocrinologist doesn’t know the whole truth she will not be able to help me to the fullest. I dread going to my quarterly visit when I know I have had a not too good three months, but, I bite the bullet and face the music. The best part of me being truthful with her she is truthful with me. I also find because I am truthful she respects me and treats me as an adult and will also listen intently to my questions and concerns.

I am curious on how truthful you are. I wonder if what the results of this survey would be the same for the members of our community.

20 replies

annesmith 2011-11-23 00:05:21 -0600 Report

I fall into the 53% category —-I tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth —why? I figure I am there to help myself, and if I were to lie to the doctor, I would only be hurting myself…not only that, but most doctors can tell right away if someone is not telling the whole truth…I have never met a doctor that could not tell, and I am 41 years old…ha, ha…ANNE

Orien 2011-11-11 12:51:31 -0600 Report

Now I tell the whole truth but I didn't always. I used to feel ashamed that I wasn't taking good enough care of myself. I have since learned from that mistake and I tell my doctors everything. Even some things they don't need to know because I just want to make sure I covered it all.

TsalagiLenape 2011-11-11 12:04:10 -0600 Report

Truthful. Yet after becoming diabetic I crave foods I had eaten rarely when I was losing the weight. Right now craving peanut butter and mayo sandwiches with a cold glass of milk. I know ugh for some right? LOL Yet I will sooner than later get a handle on things so I can do better. Still dont have a endocrinologist yet. None near me. Yet working on self and of course the house is a mutual rewarding job.

berrykins0 2011-11-12 07:26:15 -0600 Report

have you ever had peanutbutter sandwhiches with cheese there good this way not sure about the mayo and peanutbutter way myself.

berrykins0 2011-11-10 18:56:00 -0600 Report

i'm honest with my provider. i want to stay in control with my diabetes and my weight.i'm person that askes a alot questions about nutrion. so i can stay in control of my health too.i say i think say she may give me strange looks but i guess i can't blame her. cause most people are not like me about themselves. to tell you the truth my nutionist wishes other people would be as serious about themselves as i'am. sorry if i sound like i bragging but i'm not.i feel good about the way i do things and the nice comments she says about how i do things.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-11-10 18:31:46 -0600 Report

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. All the way…how else can my Dr. help me or even trust me without the truth. He's just as straight forward and truthful with me. Valentine Lady

RebC 2011-11-10 14:00:34 -0600 Report

Whole truth, all the way. They download my BGs from my monitor every time I go, so I really can't hide anything, even if I wanted to. Plus, I don't want to waste the 100 bucks it costs me every time I go there…may as well get some good advice!

Type1Lou 2011-11-09 14:38:33 -0600 Report

I'm in the whole truth camp too…otherwise I feel I would be wasting both the doctor's time and mine. Truly dealing with our diabetes requires us to be brutally honest with ourselves and with our health care team…it's not always easy but its the right thing to do.

Young1s 2011-11-09 11:17:57 -0600 Report

I tell my doc everything. I feel it only makes sense. As a new diabetic I want to fully understand what is going on with me so this means full disclosure. I bring my log book to every visit so they (my doc, my D nurse or my nutritionist) can see what I have been eating, when I have been taking my meds, what form of exercise I've gotten and even comments on how I was feeling at any particular time or day. Who knows if I will continue doing this down the road, but for now it makes me feel proactive in dealing.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-09 09:08:54 -0600 Report

I'm with you Lew. The whole truth and nothing but the truth! How can a Dr. fully help you if you don't tell them what is up. It is our responsibility to tell the Dr. what you are doing or not doing. They are not mind readers!
And like you said, if you know you've not been doing the best for a bit, and you have to go in, you have to own up to what you've been up to! Gotta own your actions!
Here's to the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

kimcavett 2011-11-09 08:46:08 -0600 Report

I always feel like I am complaining. I don't like complaining. And do they really care that you don't have the money to pay bills, much less buy meds? Sometimes I wonder.

RebC 2011-11-10 14:04:04 -0600 Report

Ah, the meds…this is one of my favorite things to complain about! Even with insurance, I am paying at least $200 (usually more) a month for my meds/test strips. It seems unfair that they can charge that much money for something that I would die without…It's like charging for oxygen!

kimcavett 2011-11-10 15:40:15 -0600 Report

I have insurance, too but even the cheapest are hard to buy when you don't have 2 dimes to rub together.That is why I feel it is just complaining.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-09 12:33:21 -0600 Report

I do not know how your doctor feels but mine understood my lack of ability to purchase meds and testing supplies. He did his best to help me get help until I was able to get on medicare. I have always been brutally honest about how I was doing with not controlling my diabetes and now I show him my journal when I have highs and why. He/she cannot help if you lie to him or yourself.

kimcavett 2011-11-10 15:42:05 -0600 Report

I have told her everything. She just says it is hard everywhere. I almost wanted to ask her if she wanted to buy my groceries, but I didn't. She was gripping about my diet. She just gave me a phone # for a nuetritionist.