What’s lacking (aside from a cure, or compassion)?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-10-20 18:26:19 -0500
Started 2010-10-01 12:34:44 -0500

What do you feel is lacking, or completely missing in diabetes health care?


10 replies

HLG01 2010-10-20 18:26:19 -0500 Report

Courage and discipline to fight this disease; love of life and desire to enjoy it. Knowledge can be gained, the rest can't be taught.

LTennion 2010-10-20 10:47:58 -0500 Report

Perhaps the ability to view the situation (medical condition) as individual and unique. Considering that each patient is different and what may work successfully for one, may not be the best approach for another, or achieve the same satisfying results. It seems to me, that once a diagnosis is confirmed, the standard protocol is begun. I think the medical community needs to revise thier approach. I realize that you have to start somewhere and there is a reasonable period of trial and error before desired results should or can be expected. I also understand that there is a differing amount of time wasted (maybe not a good choice of words) on the denial and or rebellious period, which brings me to my main concern; the emotional, pyschological aspect that this disorder brings with it. I think this is too often overlooked and certainly not enough emphasis placed on dealing with it. We receive all sorts of information indicating the physical symptoms of diabetes, but depression is almost always listed as an after thought. It is a fact that our minds and attitudes play a huge role in our successes in life…no matter what the issues are…illness, jobs, relationships, etc…
The mind. body & spirit must all be considered and treated. I do not feel as though you can simply perscribe someone a magic pill or injection and hope for the best. I believe that Diabetes is extremely complicated, frustrating, and yet fascinating. Therefore, how can we expect a quick, easy fix? Yes, thank God, Diabetes can be treated and managed, but it is also frustrating and unpredictable at times which can become overwhelming and depressing, often leading to feelings of failure and once complications arise, there are feelings of becoming a burden. I think that as we educate patients about the disease (I prefer disorder) we should also inform them as to some of the things to expect, or that they may encounter in thier journey, such as becoming familar with the all the possible signs of depression. This state of mind alone can trigger bad behaviours which lead to unnecessary complications, much less how the internal body reacts to depressed and or stress states. I believe that an early intervention and emphasis regarding patients emotional well being and state of mind should be cridical in thier treatment plan just as medication and lifestyle changes are. With all that being said, I admit I am certainly no expert, these are just my observations and opinions.

mo91108 2010-10-14 12:17:48 -0500 Report

I believe that knowledge is lacking. My primary refused to refer me to an endocrinologist unless I was having a hard time controlling my diabetes. I told him I am 19 years old with no family out here, of course this is hard refer me. But it took him a couple months to believe that I needed one. OMG He is useless. When I was first diagnosed he prescribed me a meter with no test strips. Insulin, no needles. and no lancets. He was completely clueless about diabetes. Ugh. Well anyways I hope eventually Diabetes will have enough awareness that most people know what it is!
- Monica

Guardianstone 2010-10-14 07:48:32 -0500 Report

Compassion. Judgment without verifying what's wrong first. And genuine doctors that don't show up two hours late. No reasons given. Docs that take time to remember thy hypocratic oath. Take no pay for teaching another the craft. Do no harm. Too many times the patients rights are forgotten in the case of not enough time for more than 5 minutes between patients. I've read the oath a few times, but I'm unsure the phrasing.
Guardian stone