I recently went to my Internist for my Diabetic check-up. While in the office I happened to see a poster on the examination room wall that said, "If you are a Diabetic… make sure you remove your socks & shoes," so that the Doctor can check your feet on each visit to the office.
I went ahead and removed my shoes before the doctor came into see me. The doctor had me move to the exam table where my vital signs were checked. then I went back & sat in the chair. When I went to turn around to sit down I tripped over my shoes, The doctor lifted one of my feet for just a brief moment then put it back down. I said "I saw the poster over there on the wall. I know my feet are important, so I took my shoes off ready for you,"
This is just a reminder that we have to take charge of our care because as this shows, the doctors are too busy to give us the time we need to make sure everything gets taken care of.
After all, I was in their office, and they had displayed this posted, (that had been provided by one of the Insurance companies,) yet, had I not seen the poster my feet would have gotten even less of an examination than they did.
Feel free to add any other things we need to be prepared to bring up when we go to the doctor, because most of them (even the best) forget to ask. And with them being as busy as they are, we don't usually get the time to ask questions.
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