Helpful hints for diabetics?

By bpryor Latest Reply 2012-01-27 12:10:00 -0600
Started 2012-01-17 22:50:09 -0600

I was just interested in finding some helpful info for my patients that are newly diagnosed with diabetes, such as;
initial diagnoses experiences
signs and symptoms
diets that work for you
monitoring blood sugar
stress management
medications that worked for you
coping with the news
problems due to your diabetes

Anything that you would like to add that you would have liked to know when you were initially diagnosed or other helpful hints.

I appreciate any help you could give me for my patients. In the past I worked in specialty clinics such as cardiology and gynecology so I am learning about diabetes as well. I love to be well informed for my patients. Thanks again and good luck to you all!

5 replies

Misspearl01 2012-01-18 19:23:23 -0600 Report

Well one thing I found out quickly is meter choice my family doctor prescribed the cheap one for me. I was new had no idea what was going three months later my meter went crazy so I bought a contour which landed me in the hospital. The difference in readings we 50 to 60 points.
Meters are a must recommend ones that have been around awhile and have good reviews
Diet is another thing they told me to eat a low carb diet. Well I walked around for four months dazed and confused and sick because I was so unsure and of course my meter

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-01-18 16:48:08 -0600 Report

Thanks for wanting to learn more about how to help your patients. Knowledge is power when facing any disease.
Timing in talking with the patient is vitally important. Being told you have diabetes is shocking enough. But how you deliver the message can lessen the stress. In pst discussions many here have related how they were told in brief phone calls by their Dr ar the nurse. I was informed by a dietary staff member over the phone "You will have to order from the Diabetic menu." I was in the middle of having my legs painfully debrided at that moment. It was about day 3 of a 5 to 6 week hospital stay. I would have preferred one of the many Drs to have come to me personally at a calmer moment and talked with me. The Diabetes Education person who came a few days later and sort of explained about carb counting in a 10 minute conversation left me more confused than informed. I realize that I was in the middle of a major battle with MRSA, so the Drs. were concentrating on saving my life and legs. But the added stress of how I learned I have diabetes made a really bad day worse.
Letting your patients know about this support site would be wonderful. It took me awhile to find it. If my Dr. had known about it that would have heped. Learning from people dealing personally with the disease has helped me learn much in a short time.
Having a place to come to and say oh my gosh I ate corn on the cob and now my BG has doubled or Yeah my A1c is within the range of a normal person is fantastick. Only fellow PWD (Persons with Diabetes) can truely understand the joys and horrors faced daily. Learning that Pizza is an evil that must be avoided, a cold can make your BG unresonable high, and so many things that it would take a medical professional way longer than they have time available in a day to explain to their patient, let alone the cost of the consultation.

bpryor 2012-01-22 00:47:19 -0600 Report

Thanks for your story. I'm sorry to hear of the manner in which you received your DX and that they downplayed its true impact on your life. I truly care for all of my patients and if you ever have concerns I would love to help you with anything I can. I have a lot of knowledge and I love my field so feel free to consult with me anytime and I'll see what I can do! Thanks again!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-01-27 12:10:00 -0600 Report

My pcp is very helpful. The drs at the hospitals and my wound care dr were concentrating more on the mrsa and healing the leg ulcers. Then they wanted to find out what caused the ulcers. Those concerned them at the time as that was more life threatening. Since the bad leg veins and another major problem have been taken care of my pcp has been able to concentrate on the diabetes.

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