"no problems untill you go over 180" ??!!!

Graylin Bee
By Graylin Bee Latest Reply 2017-03-01 07:22:19 -0600
Started 2013-03-26 17:30:18 -0500

Oh, really.
That's what the white coated person told me the other week when I took advantage of the free finger stick at Wally World. I had stopped in to get more strips after I'd runn through a bunch with back to back food experiments.
My bg was 148, about what I figured it would be after not resisting some pizza crust. Just the thick, crusty, crunchy, toasted cheesey part of 1 and half of another. Unfortunately I had been over 140 earlier in the day when my experiment went bg unfriendly.
The next day my little toe, its neighbor, and the next one on both feet did their tingling. Wierd part it is only in the shower this happens. Must be the curve of the tub puts the correct pressure to make it happen AND only if I have gone over that 140 mark.
Thankfully it goes away after two days.
However, for me, if I followed the advice quoted above, I would be on the path to nerve problems. Also, other silent problems could be doing their damage, untill the tipping point would be reached.
This isn't the only white coat who has rattled off the 180 mantra to me. In this case I'll listen when my body speaks.
Oh, I did try to explain to the white coat that I had problems at 140. Since I wasn't wearing a white coat, I was wrong.

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codered51 2017-03-01 07:22:19 -0600 Report

One visit was told I was pre-diabetic. Next visit, as long as it doesn't go over 180. (Which the papers I gave her with weeks of meals & readings were never close) Anyway that's what brought me here because that certainly confused me.

locarb 2013-03-30 23:27:45 -0500 Report

To my knowledge, I have never been over 180. I wasn't even that high at the time of diagnosis (two and one half years ago). I have been "controlled" for over two years with food and exercise alone. I still have neuropathy despite a history of relatively low BG. It is theoretically possible that I had this condition for some time prior to being diagnosed, and had BG levels above that.

There is modern-day mythology abounding regarding this condition and we've all heard it before. I'm glad that you followed your own thoughts and instincts.

type1's mom
type1's mom 2013-03-30 10:25:39 -0500 Report

Lol as a white coat wearer… Not the fancy dr kind but the nurse kind ;)… I was taught to listen to the patient they usually know their body best. It's a compromise between guidelines and results! Just about everything that I teach is only a guideline or average. Besides the people that actually speak up are usually the ones trying. The totally uneducated patients usually don't know enough to have input. That being said, do your own research as to how your body reacts. If u have a good dr then he/she will take ur opinions into acct. as for all those other people wearing white coats that give u unsolicited info without knowing ur history— just smile and walk away!

Stuart1966 2013-03-30 21:32:57 -0500 Report

LOL… diabetics can have nerve issues which are NOT diabetes too, just pinched or compressed nerves… just like anybody else too, right ???

GabbyPA 2013-03-27 18:58:49 -0500 Report

Thank goodness you don't wear a white coat. Many of them are just parrots of what they are taught. Until they are dealing with it personally, they are only going to give you text book solutions. That is how my doctor is. Sometimes I see a glimmer of hope, but it soon fades to white....

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-27 20:21:05 -0500 Report

Dealing with it personally has sure made a difference as a caregiver. I was looking over some recipes that I thought were diabetic friendly I had adapted from ones at my old workplace. YIKES!!! While they were better, they would give me lower spikes, but not lower enough…quess I'll modify them a tad more before I send them to my previous boss.

tinkerbell54 2013-03-27 19:20:07 -0500 Report

some drs. are jack———! I know my diabetic Dr. is when my legs, wrist, hands, ankles were swollen he told me it was not diabetic problem. he said to tell my medical Dr. & I did she took care of me. Tinkerbell54

Nick1962 2013-03-27 10:45:54 -0500 Report

Simple - buy a white coat! Then you'll be right.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-27 20:26:18 -0500 Report

My white shirt with green vest work uniform needs updated to a white coat, maybe then I'd be right when dealing with the altered realities there. And I'm not just talking about the dementia residents.

Nick1962 2013-03-28 10:55:21 -0500 Report

I know what you mean. i worked in a hospital/health care setting for 20 years. there is a fine line between patient and provider sometimes.

GabbyPA 2013-03-27 19:30:49 -0500 Report

Does that work for everything? I do want to be a know it all...always right....arrogant...well, you get the picture. LOL!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-26 18:14:25 -0500 Report

GB the last time I said something about the white coated person, I was told to go quietly they are my friends. Cross your arms in the jacket and don't get too upset when the strings are tied behind your back. I no longer refer to the doctor as the white coated person…LOL

jayabee52 2013-03-26 17:36:00 -0500 Report

Well, GB, you can get a white coat at most any uniform supply store! Then you could be correct (at least when you're wearing it)! LoL!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-26 17:38:18 -0500 Report


Gracie40 2013-03-28 08:57:08 -0500 Report

You folks are the funniest! You're right Graylin, let your body give you it's clues. A bg test can verify why you're having symptoms, but we experienced PWD's can hear our bodies loud and clear.

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