This sucks

By bubba43 Latest Reply 2011-06-26 15:52:13 -0500
Started 2010-09-13 21:44:09 -0500

I have been told i have diabetes.So the doctor sets up these classes to go to and gave me insulin to take but he didnt give me needles and they canceled the class so my a1c was 8.9 and i still havent gotten any meds to help so must be they dont care about it to much.I am ready to say enough and not take anything cause i must be the only one that gives a crap.What should i do

29 replies

Sidehack 2011-06-26 15:52:13 -0500 Report

I go to a VA Hospital and this type of treatment is common because of the volume of patients they handle. The doctors do care but to make yourself heard you have to get in their face. Be polite, be tactful, but be there!

nanaellen 2011-03-21 16:42:21 -0500 Report

Hey Bubba, I was diagnosed 6 years ago with Type 2 only because my eyesight went crasy @ work and I couldn't see who was coming in the door!!! I'm very detail oriented person and that really got me!! I called my Dr. who sent me for a blood test @ the Hospital. 10 minutes after I got home the hospital called and said "You need to call your Dr. immediately your levels are off the chart!!" Saw my Dr. the next day and he told me I was type 2 and would need 3 shots during the day and one @ night! He then sent me to the ER so they could admit me overnight so the nurse's could show me what I needed to do. I made arrangements and went to the ER and the Dr. there told me "Oh you don't need to be in the hospital you just need insulin" I'll send the Visiting Nurse's to see you in the a.m. and THEY will show you what you need to do! Needless to say I gladly went back home but then the next day the "Visiting Nurse's" NEVER showed up!! At the time all I knew about diabetes was that I needed to test and take a shot before I ate anything. By 4:30 I was starving and MAD!! I took the whole bag of supplies BACK to the ER where I found a very compassionate nurse who got on the phone and chewed the VNS administrator out like nobody's buisness!!! THEN they admitted me into the Hosp. overnight and showed me what to do!! So PLEASE don't give up!! You CAN get control back it's just gonna take some time!! If you need classes they should have classes at the Hospital or a "Visiting Nurse" service somewhere in your area or maybe a local college??

firebreather 2010-09-20 14:59:15 -0500 Report

Hi Bubba43 the best think I did for myself was to start reading. I know more than any diabetic nurse out there and many doctors. This is a very personal illness, listen to what the medical profession has to say then do your own research to see if it will work for you. Don't wait for someone to tell you what to do-you tell them what you need. My a1c was 13 when I was diagnosed and I felt really really sick. I feel so much better now and you will also, when I don't want to stick my finger I think about how sick I was, I never want to go back there.

rosiet 2010-09-20 12:11:10 -0500 Report

Once you get off that feeing sorry for yourself wagon then go and do something about it. Go back to the doctors and get some needles, reschedule the class(they do help), and get out there and get active. Im telling you ; you will start feeling better it just takes a little time. Remember rome wasnt built in a day.

pissoff50woman 2010-09-19 10:24:20 -0500 Report

You have to get off that bohoo feeling for yourself. I understand how you feel, I was blindsided also. Diabetes has killed my life! I have lost my job, and I keep getting kick down everytime I stand up, but you must make yourself count on yourself and only yourself because no one else will be there. Get mad,blow up,hit stuff,break stuff!!
When you get that done go on line find the Insulin Co. you are using call,write them,
they will help you find what you need help with.

KatieLou2007 2010-09-15 20:52:30 -0500 Report

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and your current doctor (who sounds completely incompetent - sp?) isn't giving you scripts for insulin, syringes, test strips, and not putting you on some sort of insulin plan, GO TO THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM! They will take your sugar, and then you can tell them what's going on, and then hopefully they can steer you in the right direction. Good luck, but don't give up bc I am certain you will want to hold onto your eye sight, kidney function, legs, etc.

gigi5 2010-09-15 19:10:09 -0500 Report

bubba43 OMG! I know how you feel. Initially I was depressed and so angry with my doctor. What was a devastating situation to me was just another day in the office to her. I stayed angry until my next appointment when I voiced how I felt regarding her delivery and lack of compassion, guidance, support. She was shocked! Because of my family history, and knowledge of the disease because I work with nurses and educators that deal with diabetic patients on a daily basis, she thought I would be more prepared than I was. She is now more attentive and I am slowly adjusting (9 months later). Please talk to the doctor or his assistant and ask for the support you need and deserve. Hang in there—it is not an easy adjustment, but for your sake a necessary lifestyle change.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-09-18 18:44:41 -0500 Report

Hi bubba, I just wanted to agree with you on this. Someitmes, patients have to let their practitioners know that they need more support. Doctors get busy, and when they get busy they start making assumptions that patients are less prepared to manage their own health than they they think they are. So it can be helpful to the doctor to let him/her know what you need, what questions you have, where you feel confident and where you don't It all about communication. Most doctors appreciate patients who let them know what's on theirr miind. It helps the doctor to do a better job.

leolioness 2010-09-15 19:04:30 -0500 Report

It is an absolute that you MUST take care of your own medical treatment. If you don't care…who will?? The first lesson with your diagnosis and getting well, is to change your thinking rather than wait for medicine to change it's treatment plan. The healthcare system is focused on masking symptoms rather than healing people. If you do not feel your doctor is genuinely concerned about your health…change doctors! Pull up your big girl panties and get busy with your own education of the glitch in your system! And…absolutely Good luck with that!

mo91108 2010-09-15 12:45:41 -0500 Report

I have two doctors for my diabetes. I only use Lantus which is long lasting insulin. But if I were you I would look into being referred to an Endocrinologist. They are very helpful when it comes to diabetes. But whatever you do Dont quit giving a crap because thats how you lose the fight! I think you should do whatever it takes to get others to give a crap so they can help Kick this things ass!

Pynetree 2010-09-15 12:41:21 -0500 Report

Thinking we go to same doctor!Ha-ha, JK…But my Doc isn't too gung-ho when it comes to my Diabetes care. So get self involved…go on line, get informed, if your insurance covers it find a good endocrinologist, CDE dietician.You have to be proactive on this…the controll is ALL in your hands!

klfrcmom 2010-09-15 12:37:39 -0500 Report

FYI: I thought the class was lame! I much preferred the following books:
(in order of preference!)
- Little Diabetes Book You Need to Read **********
- 50 Diabetes Myths That can Ruin Your Life *********
- Calorie King (helps track carbs) *****
- Mind Body Diabetes Revolution ******

klfrcmom 2010-09-15 12:34:11 -0500 Report

Bubba, It's possible the pharmacy made a mistake. When I went to get my insulin the first time, they didn't think to give me the syringe… I had to ask for it! Even when I switched over to the insulin pen, the same thing happened.

kdroberts 2010-09-15 12:41:05 -0500 Report

That's because they are different things, just because you get insulin doesn't automatically mean you get syringes. However, in the case of the OP it sounds like the doctor gave him the insulin rather than getting it from a pharmacy.

Amazon_1969 2010-09-15 10:14:43 -0500 Report

I know it is frustrating and it does suck but unless you want to die, giving up is not an option. It looks like there are some really great suggestions on this thread already so all I will simply add is that I understand how you feel but you absolutely can not give up. Keep fighting for proper care!

hogrider37 2010-09-15 08:28:05 -0500 Report

Bubba, dont give up. If your not satisfied with your medical care find a new Dr. A Diabetes nurse told me one time if there was a disease that she had to get shes glad it was diabetes cause you can control your diabetes. Reschedule that class because your going to get a lot of help from it. Sometimes we have to do things ourselves and we control our own destiny. I work in the medical field and see too many people give up at the cost of their helth and lives. Dont give up the ship. If you need any help get back to me and I'll do what I can to help you.

Elrond 2010-09-14 23:34:38 -0500 Report

Believe me, Bubba, it's worth the effort to learn how to do it right. I ignored my diabetes for a long time and it caused me to have a catastrophic stroke that cost me my job which cost me my medical insurance. If that wasn't enough, it came back later and killed me with a heart attack. Only heroic efforts by an excellent team of paramedics pulled me back. After that, I began taking care of my diabetes. If you start now, you have a very good chance of avoiding most of the problems.

bicker68 2010-09-14 22:58:23 -0500 Report

I know what you mean, myself I had to get a new Dr., at least she care about her patients and listens to what I have to say and my concerns.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-09-14 22:38:26 -0500 Report

Hi bubba, it sounds like you got a medical diagnosis dropped in your lap, like a hot potato, and don't have a lot of resources around you to tell you what to do next. I can understand why you feel like giving up. I would recommend getting back in touch with you doctor right away to make sure he/she knows that you don't have the supplies you need, and to see if there are other educational resources available. If you aren't feeling like you are getting what you need, or that you are communicating well with your doctor, then you may want to consider other providers. What is important is to get your treatment on track as soon as possible. As for giving a crap, please know that you are surrounded by people here on Diabetic Connect who understand what you are going through and are here to offer support!

kdroberts 2010-09-14 08:06:45 -0500 Report

You should be able to buy needles pretty easily. Did your doc give you pens or vials of insulin? If pens you just need to ask for pen needles, try the short first and see how they go. If you got vials you will need insulin syringes. Both can be picked up fairly cheaply without a prescription in most states. Pen needles will run $30 or less for 100, not sure about syringes but I think you can get packages at walmart for $10. Only use the insulin if your doctor told you how much to take though. It's a fairly simple process and if your doctor didn't show you how to do it there are plenty of resources to help you out.

bubba43 2010-09-14 17:32:42 -0500 Report

He gave me vials and the classes were going to show me everything.

kdroberts 2010-09-15 08:52:30 -0500 Report

This may be a little harsh but with diabetes you have to be your own advocate. You can't sit back and wait for things to be given to you or a class to come round, you need to be proactive and make things happen. Go buy some syringes or stop by the doctor and tell them the problem. Ask the doc or their nurse to show you how to draw up and inject. See if there are any groups in your area at hospitals or community centers that can help you. Look for videos online. There are lots of resources available for all sorts of aspects of diabetes management but you will need to play an active part in finding and using them.

GabbyPA 2010-09-14 20:34:28 -0500 Report

When you picked up your vials, the pharmacist should have gotten you needles as well. Get those and then reschedule the class. If it is going to be a long time for the class, ask for oral meds to take while you are waiting.

klfrcmom 2010-09-15 12:38:37 -0500 Report

The pharmacist can show you how to use the needles as long as you have the dosage from your doc!

speak up
speak up 2010-09-14 07:41:15 -0500 Report

Call the doctor and if you get no satification find another doctor, I care so you are not the only one, we all need support and if you need to talk, vent or just pound your fist, go head, I do not have all the answers but if you are paying a doctor he shoudl care, my doctor knows he better care or he will have me to deal with, I am not going to give someone money for medical care if I am not getting medical care! So please pick up the phone tell the doctor you need needles and if you do not get satification find another doctor today! As for the classes I agree with James! I wish you the best of luck!

jayabee52 2010-09-14 00:59:31 -0500 Report

Howdy Bubba

Bubba, PLEASE DON'T not take your meds. You'd only be hurting YOURSELF! It would be suicide in slow motion! That would REALLY suck. And while committing suicide in slow motion you definitely would end up (literally) in a world of hurt! (I have Diabetic Neuropathy which is like my feet and legs are ON FIRE - I am in a world of hurt.) You may avoid that if you manage your DM properly.

We who have DM can get rather testy at times, particularly when having a high or low BG# (depends on your response). I suspect that the lack of syringes was an oversight. As I had worked in the medical field for about 12 yrs I suspect that there was some kind of SNAFU (" Situation Normal All Fouled Up!")

Please call the office and ask how do they expect you to inject yourself w/o syringes? Let them know you didn't receive them at the office and didn't get a prescription for them either.

And let the office know about the class being cancelled. And perhaps call the class provider too and let them know of your desire to take the class ASAP!

BTW Bubba, WELCOME to our little family. WE DO GIVE A CRAP about you here. Ask questions, vent, learn about DM, and just chew the fat with us.

Please come back often.

Blessings to you and yours


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