New Doctor....and I Like Her

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2016-04-24 11:26:24 -0500
Started 2016-04-20 13:27:15 -0500

Well in all the nuttyness I have been going through of late, getting set up with a new doctor was also part of all of that. New insurance, new doc and I was hoping for a new outlook.

I took my notes, my food journal and held my breath…

She is younger than I am by quite a bit and her empathy was AMAZING. I told her what I was doing on my own to control my diabetes and loose weight and she was thrilled that I had found something that worked for me. I didn't get a finger, an ADA reminder or even a "WHAT?!" at the high fat part of my diet. She smiled at the intermittent fasting with that "yes, go girl" look and I was so relieved. We talked in true conversation and I just felt very connected. Finally, I may have found the one that will work with me and not just scold me or shove pills down my throat.

I shared with her the doctors that were shaping my decisions such as Dr. Fung, Prof Noakes and a new one on my list from the Diabetes Summit.

So I got my first blood draw since I have started LCHF, so it will be interesting to see how the labs come in. Again…holding my breath.

36 replies

JoBeth11 2016-04-23 15:44:56 -0500 Report

I also have GERD, so the hi fat is a no no for me! Think lo carb (and taking advantage of hi fat) started off the GERD problem. That and trying ACV & honey drink everyday. Was supposed to guard away from stomach problems. Not for me.

LRD 2016-04-22 13:31:44 -0500 Report

So glad to hear that you are doing well and have found a great doctor. Congratulations.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2016-04-21 14:57:47 -0500 Report

HI Gabby, so glad to hear you found a kind, respectful doctor. I often find that many -- though not all -- younger physicians are more sensitive to emitons, more open to patient input, less judgmental. I think that medical schools are spending more time on the patient's perspective, and the role of the physician as also evolved. I hope this is the beginning of a productive relationship!

GabbyPA 2016-04-24 06:43:46 -0500 Report

Me too. She is awesome. The practice is I hope it will be a long and lasting relationship.

trsquare 2016-04-21 13:37:37 -0500 Report

It's such a relief when you get a doctor you can work with! Keeping my fingers crossed for good blood work!

Meredith B
Meredith B 2016-04-21 09:48:05 -0500 Report

That's fantastic! Isn't it great when you feel you have a team on your side, all pulling in the same direction? My PCP is not on my team - can't stand him; love my endo. So now I've asked my endo for PCP recommendations and will probably be switching. PCP actually seems disappointed that my cholesterol numbers improved to ideal levels without a statin.

mcmbkk 2016-04-23 17:53:02 -0500 Report

Do I you use your endo as your diabetes doctor and still keep your primary care doc for other issues?

WASHED OUT 2016-04-21 10:00:51 -0500 Report

I wouldn't want to keep a PCP if they were disappointed that you got your cholesterol numbers right without statins. The less drugs we take the less the side effects we experience. And to have a PCP that will not get on board to a productive control of your treatments , Meredith I think you need to find another PCP one you are happy with.

Meredith B
Meredith B 2016-04-21 13:03:57 -0500 Report

Definitely. I get the odd feeling that he gets some kind of remuneration for what he prescribes. My endo prescribes a generic Metformin; he was insisting on a particular brand name.

suecsdy 2016-04-24 11:20:52 -0500 Report

Metformin is the generic. I checked it at drugs. com. It gives the list of alternate brand names.

caloparr 2016-04-21 09:39:36 -0500 Report

Woo hoo! What a relief, eh, Gabby? Bet you can breath calmly now that you've found her.
I also found a new young female doc who I like very much. She's travelled the overweight journey herself, and suggests books on weight loss and actually showed me a few exercise moves she's found successful! I like her mostly because she's working along side of me on my journey to wellness listening to each of my concerns and attempts and then responding with further info to read along thise goals. So I can totally relate to your situation. Feeling very happy and pleased for you, girlfriend. Enjoy!

GabbyPA 2016-04-24 06:45:22 -0500 Report

That is an awesome doc. The goals are the same...they are a coach and we can all be on the same team. That is when it really works well.

WASHED OUT 2016-04-20 20:22:40 -0500 Report

It truly sounds like you have found a great Doctor. It is nice to have someone willing to listen and that is willing to look at our proven diets and methods.

Paulsue 2016-04-20 18:05:35 -0500 Report

wow that is great you felt a connect. These are the times that give us hope. But, as you did you did your homework. Yay YOU GO GABBY!

Pegsy 2016-04-20 17:48:26 -0500 Report

I'm holding my breath for you too! I hope all turns out well. You deserve a good doctor who will work with how YOU want to manage your own health.

My new doctor is better than my previous one but that isn't saying much. He can't wait to get me on a cholesterol drug so I feel a lot of pressure in that regard. Praying my cholesterol will be good on my next visit so he will quit bugging me about it. He's great about helping me manage the glucose and we've managed to cut the Metformin in half. I'm thrilled about that and even at the lower dose, my A1c continues to go down.

GabbyPA 2016-04-20 22:27:56 -0500 Report

Ask him to look at the side effects of most statin drugs. They can actually cause high glucose numbers. Some are even saying they cause type 2. So talk to him about pressure should be given

Luis65 2016-04-20 15:07:36 -0500 Report

I'm so happy for you. You say this is your first labs since LCHF, how long have you been doing that?

My wife finally found a PCP that she really likes. Mine is so-so. It really bothered me that no mention was made of being slightly anemic until I brought it up. The group I go to has "My Chart" where a patient can access all labs etc online. That when I notice the low hemoglobin and hemocrit. Since it had been close to 5 years since the last colonoscopy so one was scheduled. It was OK. Since then the doc put me on prenatal vitamins because of the high iron and zinc. I always laugh at that as a 66 year old man.

GabbyPA 2016-04-20 22:28:54 -0500 Report

I started LCHF in November...I have been without a doctor for a couple of years. I did a lot of home tests along the way to keep an eye on things.

Beckett 2016-04-20 14:47:09 -0500 Report

That is so awesome! I would love a doctor like that. Maybe it's because she's younger that she's more willing to listen to outside-the-norm solutions.

Fingers crossed for your blood draw, but I'm positive you'll be pleased. You've worked really hard.

Dayfly 2016-04-20 14:34:33 -0500 Report

Wow, I sure wish I could find a Dr. Like that. I am sure the one I have doesn't really care about me. She will not give me a diagnosis of diabetes and doesn't seem to care. This week my fasting glucose was 130 done by her lab and still haven't heard from her. Also found out last year when I had a MRI for broken back they found a 4cm cyst on L kidney that was supposed to be followed up with further tests and I didn't even know about it till I just recently saw the report myself.

GabbyPA 2016-04-20 14:37:36 -0500 Report

That kind of stuff is why I left my other one. If you can, I would change or at least have a good face to face on how you think they are not taking care of you.

jigsaw 2016-04-20 14:08:05 -0500 Report

I'm very happy for you! I know how frustrating it must have been, trying to find a good doctor. Now, let me tell you what you what's wrong, and what you should be doing. Just teasing, Congratulations, and I hope you and your doc have a strong, healthy, and long lasting relationship.

haoleboy 2016-04-20 13:49:17 -0500 Report

"and a new one on my list from the Diabetes Summit."

GabbyPA 2016-04-20 14:23:44 -0500 Report

Dr. Westman (I believe) on the LCHF talk from day 2 is his site

haoleboy 2016-04-20 14:43:38 -0500 Report

liked him and from today … Franziska Spritzler
otherwise, it has been a bit to "functional" for my taste (too much woo)

GabbyPA 2016-04-20 15:01:02 -0500 Report

I have not listened to her this time around. She was on my list last summit and I liked her okay. The only thing is with "ditch the carbs" blog that she does, it's so centered on making sweets low carb. Skip the sweets, eat real low sugar foods. No need for that. She was who converted me to avocados though.

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