How has your doctor helped you?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2014-08-13 02:48:56 -0500
Started 2014-08-06 15:32:22 -0500

It is easy to place blame and talk about all the things we wish we were getting from our doctor visits. But sometimes our doctors really do help us in ways we can't help ourselves. I would love to hear some stories about having a great doctor and what they did specifically to help you get through a challenge with your diabetes.


12 replies

tgmore
tgmore 2014-08-13 02:48:56 -0500 Report

I find my PAC-A listens and helps more in listening than my Dr.

It is sad but mine only seems to want to push more meds and not listen to my issues.

BB42
BB42 2014-08-10 09:43:09 -0500 Report

I could not have done all I did without my doctor. He was honest, direct and turned out to be a friend and cheerleader. He answered my questions, gave me great advice and helped me keep on top of my Type 2. Most important, he understood my anxiety and really helped put it into perspective

lanykins
lanykins 2014-08-09 12:16:13 -0500 Report

I would have once been able to praise my endocrinologist. He always saw me every 3 months and in-between, I would fax him my blood sugars so he could adjust my insulin. Now his practice is very busy and he is seeing me every 9 months with no contact in-between. He is the only endocrinologist where I live or could get to. I've been suffering from a cut toe that got MRSA since March, he knows nothing about it. Now I am in the process of getting Title 19 in my state. Once I get it, I can get transportation to the Joslin Clinic in a nearby town. I am praying it will come through very soon.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-08-08 16:43:01 -0500 Report

The biggest thing my doctor has done for me is help me get over the fear since my diagnosis of diabetes a year ago. She really encourages me regarding my weight loss, eating and exercise. She knows I don't want to be on meds so she keeps it as simple as possible. I still have hopes of not being on them forever but I have learned to accept it if that doesn't happen. She encourages me every time I see her that I can still live a long and healthy life.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-08-07 10:59:39 -0500 Report

In my opinion if you place blame and talk about things we wish we didn't get from our doctors is our own fault. If you can rant to everyone else about what your doctor isn't doing for you, why can't you rant at your doctor?

I changed doctors in my practice because she was awful, I told my new doctor why I fired her and he assured me that his job is to assure his patients that he is giving them the best care he can give. His patients rave about him. He has not let me down. Even though he didn't do my surgery, he called me after I was home to find out how I was doing and to see if I needed anything. He even scheduled an appointment to come see him the following week. He wanted to see for himself. I would not trade him for anyone else.

MarkS
MarkS 2014-08-07 07:15:33 -0500 Report

I can't say enough good things about my diabetologist, Dr. James Meacham, of Indianapolis. While I have always had good physicians that have been associated with the IU Medicine Physicians group (formerly a Joslin Diabetes Group), Dr. Meacham's knowledge of diabetes, the insulin pump, and CGM plus how they all fit into the life of a diabetic in invaluable. With his expertise and coaching I have achieve and maintain A1c's that are between 6 and 6.3; remain free of diabetes secondary complications; and know that I control my diabetes and diabetes does not control me. He works with me as we review my blood sugar values to maintain excellent control by adjusting basal rates and insulin to carbohydrate ratios. plus he knows when and how to "show discipline" to assure that I stay in control. I think a lot of physicians only hear the whiners and complainers and don't get enough thanks and praise. So with that, I say "Thanks Dr. Meacham, for being a caring and concerned physician to your patients. You are the best. Kudos to you!"

teacherspet
teacherspet 2014-08-06 21:36:45 -0500 Report

Praise and kudos to my doc who is wise and confident enough to know when someone else knows more about a topic than she does. She is a PA, very nice, very understanding, compassionate. All the things you wish for in a family practitioner. And she has the wisdom to refer me to experts in the field —- especially diabetes. And that is worth it's weight in insulin

jdenton360
jdenton360 2014-08-06 17:12:42 -0500 Report

I go to an endocrinologist about once every 6 months and since diabetes is ever changing as is life. I go in with all the questions I have over the last 6 months and she helps me deal with how I can better handle situations. My last appointment she help me with making insulin and snack adjustments to help combat the low blood sugar I was experiencing after working out. She also printed out some articles from the ADA which gave me a lot ideas. A good doctor is a great resource and helps you keep on track even when you feel like throwing in the towel :)

jedabolin
jedabolin 2014-08-06 16:08:17 -0500 Report

I see a nurse practioner she is very noligible about diabetes. She watches me very closely and she found the problem with my kidneys disease very early. I see her at the least every three months. I had to be taken off of metformin early in my diabetes because of side effects I wasn't even aware of. She is good at what she does. Debbie

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