Dear Doctor... (what I would like to say)

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2010-08-10 21:17:10 -0500
Started 2010-08-01 10:18:48 -0500

I have read so many stories of horrible diabetic diagnoses which just frustrates me to no end. For the most part my diagnosis, by phone, was that I was diabetic and while he wasn't putting me on medication that I should lose weight, exercise more, cut out sugar, and learn to eat better. Okay, I am good with that… but how?

Dear Doctor:

While I appreciate you advising me of the diagnosis of adult onset diabetes, I would have preferred that you explain what that really means. I would have appreciated you suggesting that I get a meter, possibly hook me up with classes and/or a dietitian, or sending me online to places like Diabetic Connect.

Doctor, it's overwhelming to be given just a fraction of the information that we need as diabetics. Perhaps you cannot imagine all of the fears, frustrations and feelings that such a diagnosis stirs up.

Please consider what I am saying here in this letter for the next patient whose world you alter and think of what you'd like to hear under the circumstances.

It is too late for me to go back in time but I so hope you'll help the next person in a more sympathetic manner.


11 replies

RAYT721 2010-08-10 21:17:10 -0500 Report

Thank you all so much for sharing this information. The student appears to think I am out of my mind when I mentioned a phone diagnosis with no resources for help just a "lose weight, exercise and stay away from sugar." Seriously, what's up Doc???

Kaiyle 2010-08-10 20:20:19 -0500 Report

I learned of the news that I was a diabetic from the ER physician. He said, "Sugar I hate to tell you, but you're a diabetic." I was overwhelmingly shakened by this news, and I all I could think of was what I had to deal with and what I witnessed with my father's suffering of this disease. Then the next thing I thought about was all of the foods I could no longer have, and then I thought, "I don't want to die." I would have never even gone to the emergency room, but I woke up unable to see clearly, and I knew something was seriously wrong. My sugar level wouldn't even register on the meter because it was so high. The meter only went to 500. I received 8 units of fast acting insulin and in about 2 hrs, it had come down to 285. I was sent home with a prescription for 5 mg. of Glipizide and a few papers on what type 2 diabetes is. However, that was only a summary of the wealth of information I needed. Thank God, I was fortunate enough to have a physician who not only answered my questions, but she referred me to free diabetic classes that change my entire outlook for the better on this disease.

RAYT721 2010-08-10 19:48:07 -0500 Report

I am working with a grad student on diabetes research and online support groups. I mentioned that I don't think doctors give alot of support or encouragement to newly diagnosed patients. Have any of you felt your needs and concerns were adequately addressed? Any great stories? Any horror stories? I would like to pass this link on to show that I'm not the only one who was disturbed and distraught by my diagnosis. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-08-02 21:38:10 -0500 Report

Happy day,
Praise God for your writing this letter. It was a very good & generous act on your part. May God continue to share His mercy & grace upon you & yours. You are highly favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.

YaYaSkidz 2010-08-02 17:38:59 -0500 Report

Dear Doctor,
You are the best. When I crashed and they told me I might lose my foot the hospital nurses quietly pushed scraps of paper in my hand with your name scrawled. I wisely called and you saved my life. I didn't even know what an endocrinologist was!
You are professional and knowledgeable.
You are a teacher.
You are thorough (on a week's notice you saw me that first time and gave me two hours of your time).
You set me up with classes and support.
You never 'have your hand on the door nob' when I have an appointment.
You listen.
You helped me put together a team - family doc, you, gastro guy - and you amaze me when you all actually talk and even let me be a member of the team.
You even laugh at my stories.
There is a God and he loves me because I have a great doctor.
Thank you.

GabbyPA 2010-08-01 18:49:30 -0500 Report

Oh are so kind. I know my letter would not have been so nice. The NP that gave me my diagnosis (and mind you, I already knew I was diabetic for a while) was horrible in her patient/doctor manners. I cried the whole way home, not that I was diabetic, but on how she treated me. That never happened again.