Your treatment and self-care regimen.
You and your doctor. You and your partner.
Is everybody on the same page? Yes? No? Not sure?
I often talk to individuals who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition about the disagreements they have with their partners regarding their treatment plan – medications, ongoing monitoring, diet, lifestyle… The person being treated and their physician are comfortable with the treatment regimen, but their partner may have some concerns – choice of medication or side effects, for example. Sometimes they bring their partner in so that the three of us can talk together.
In these situations, I often feel like I am the mediator between two people who have two different views of treatment, sometimes polar opposite views. But the same goal – for the individual with the chronic condition to be as healthy, and with as much quality of life, as possible. So how do we get to an “our way” somewhere between the two sides?
How are you and your partner feeling about your treatment? Have you had disagreements? If so, have you come to an agreement? A compromise? Or have you agreed to disagree?
You may be able to find a path that you can travel together. Check out my article in Living with Diabetes:
I would really like to hear about your experiences!
Next Discussion: Questions for the Pros »