Is it just me?

By CaliKo Latest Reply 2010-10-25 16:40:17 -0500
Started 2010-10-08 16:29:48 -0500

Or does everyone get nervous as the date with the doctor approaches? I can't tell you how many times in the past two years I've been on the phone to my doctor saying "Really? Are you sure? Because I feel fine … "
So now I'm nervous every time its time to go back to the doctor, and its time again Monday for all my blood work. Wish me luck!

48 replies

jayabee52 2010-10-25 14:53:06 -0500 Report

I really LIKE my Drs, well most of them at least. And I like to go to them. I rarely have problems with my veins, but my bride Jem was so bad that they had to install a port-a-cath last April when she needed infusions of Mg.

What I found helped me is to starting a couple of days before the appt. write out questions you have and issues you'd like to discuss. I do mine on my computer so I can prioritize the points from most to least important to me. The day of the appt I print out 2 copies, one for Dr & one for me so we both have it. I find that streamlines the visit, shows Dr I'm proactive in caring for myself and am mentally engaged and involved in my own care and Dr is my partner in that.

Since Jem was blind, I would do that for her too and we would discuss the sheet as we prepared for her Dr visit.

I believe our Drs were impressed with how engaged we were with our medical care. Even though shen Jem came to them she often presented a difficult problem for them to solve because of her multiple medical challenges and her allergies to many drugs.

I may have to give up these Drs here locally, as I am required to move from this mobile home by Dec 1. At this time I don't know where I will end up. I'm keeping my options open for now.


CaliKo 2010-10-25 16:06:18 -0500 Report

That's a really good idea about listing points to discuss. I'm always finding that I've forgotten something I wanted to talk about after the visit. Thanks for the idea. Good luck with your new home hunting!

jayabee52 2010-10-25 16:40:17 -0500 Report

Thanks! I'm letting folks here know so that when my internet goes down (I plan letting it go around Nov 15 through 20th) and I can't get on DC for a while people won't need to ask "Where did he go?"

But (like a bad penny) I'm planning to return ASAP because I like the community here.

ozziecatt 2010-10-20 09:20:34 -0500 Report

OMG! I didn't know there were so many people on here that hate going to the doctor too! And have hard-to-find veins for blood tests!

CaliKo 2010-10-20 09:51:08 -0500 Report

Oh, I like all my doctors, socially at least, its the tests I don't care for! But you are certainly not alone, especially the veins…

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-10-17 16:19:03 -0500 Report

Hey CaliCo,

I always enjoy reading your posts. Now, I suspect you have been to and from the doctor since you posted this note.

Something I use with clients is borrowed from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Basically, i encourage clients to use some self-talk in these situations. It consists of telling yourself that:

You have been through this situation before and have come through it fine.

When you haven't had good news, you were able to deal with it.

You have a support network that will get you through anything.

You have a good doctor who, in turn, has access to the latest treatments.

You don't have any information until you have information, and it doesn't help to fill in the gaps with fear.

I don't know if this will help, but I thought I would toss it out there. (Feel free to kick it back!)

Take care!!

CaliKo 2010-10-17 21:52:00 -0500 Report

Thanks, Dr. Gary. You are right, I have been to the doctor now, and yes, everything was fine. My new A1c is 5.7 and I couldn't be happier about that. I will try to remember your good advice the next time I feel myself start to get apprehensive about the next doctor appt.

Pynetree 2010-10-16 09:35:05 -0500 Report

Ha-ha..I don't get nervous when I go to our Dr.; but, I think he (and nurse) get nervous when they see my name on the morning list! As I go every 3 months for bloodwork, and am a really "hard stick"…somedays multiple punctures in both arms and hand! Then somedays they get lucky and hit that good vein and get couple tubes on the first try! (I have anxiety just going OUT anywhere!)

YaYaSkidz 2010-10-16 14:33:55 -0500 Report

My doctor's office doesn't draw blood but the local stat care does mine. I'm sure they start drawing straws the minute I show up. I have what is called Deep and Rolling Veins! It is hereditary and there you go. But the stat care girl I usually get is awesome. She is fearless and rarely bruises me. I had to go to another service the other day and I walked away with three big bruises after they drew one tube. Yikes! I think I'll take stat care girl a treat next time!

CaliKo 2010-10-17 16:00:41 -0500 Report

Ouch, I'm sorry, what a pain. Maybe you can get an appt. with the one that can draw your blood easily, or at least call ahead and get her schedule. She's worth taking treats to! Good luck.

CaliKo 2010-10-16 11:08:55 -0500 Report

Ouch! I'm sorry. It took me awhile to realize I have an arm with difficult veins and an arm with a good vein when it comes to needle sticks, so I sympathize. Hugs.

Brenda_B 2010-10-15 13:06:47 -0500 Report

Changing the subject a bit…. I get nervous when I have to go have my teeth cleaned. Diabetic need to have teeth cleaned more than the average bear. So I bush, I floss but…
I open my mouth and the dentist sighs… then it starts… The lecture on diabetes and keeping my mouth healthy… LOL….Oh well such is life

CaliKo 2010-10-15 13:10:23 -0500 Report

I think that's unfair to lecture when you are a captive audience! My dentist likes to talk, but I never know what the subject will be. Last time it was fishing, It think…

hogrider37 2010-10-15 06:32:00 -0500 Report

I dont get scared going to the Dr. Its every six months so im used to it. Actually my Dr. is a patient in my office so we have a pretty good realtionship. If my numbers are up she just tells me I have to work harder to get them down. What can she do, spank me? She better not I might like it. Dont get scared to go to your Dr. Where would you be without her or him. Relax.

CaliKo 2010-10-15 08:42:09 -0500 Report

Thanks, you are absolutely right, where we would be without good doctors. And I do like my doctor, it's really the test results I get apprehensive about.

hogrider37 2010-10-15 09:02:20 -0500 Report

Caliko, I understand that, I used to get that way. But now, like my Dr says, if my numbers are up i just have to work harder and maybe try other things, dont ask what other things cause I cant tell you. Your numbers are never going to be the same, up and down and up and down. So maybe try setting a goal, come up with a high and a low number and try to keep them in that range, so if they do fluctuate youll still be happy. I set mine at 5 and 6 for my A1C. Good luck.

Priscilla71 2010-10-14 13:35:33 -0500 Report

I understand 100%!! Seems like its always bad news when i go…5.7 is awesome for you — keep up the good work…
What meds r u taking? Whats ur tricks to get ur number down???

CaliKo 2010-10-14 14:03:25 -0500 Report

Thank you. I'd been surprised at a couple of my other dr. visits recently with bad results that I wasn't expecting, so I was more apprehensive than usual this time for my diabetes check up. I'm not on meds yet for diabetes. I think I was caught pretty early 2 years ago with a fasting bg of 127, failed a glucose tolerance test, and then my A1c was 7.0. I took classes and worked very hard on a proper diet and lots of exercise, which improves a couple of my conditions. I think my best tip (for T2s) is eating several times a day, keeping the bg as even as possible. I eat 6 times with an extra small snack before my 45 minute drive home after work.

CaliKo 2010-10-12 14:13:33 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone, the doctor just called. I'm happy to report that my A1c is 5.7! Thanks for all your calming words of wisdom. I'll try not to stress out so much next time…

marla50 2010-10-11 00:57:33 -0500 Report

I get excited. I finally found a good endo. I've had diabetes for so long but am just now aware of how much it effects my life. Everytime I go to the doc,I learn something new. I hope all your test are good. Good luck

JoannaWG 2010-10-10 16:00:29 -0500 Report

I do at times, and others, I don't. I've been here a while, but only today realized it. I forgot I signed up! How bad is that for me?
Anyway, I hope you breeze by with your doc.

GabbyPA 2010-10-10 08:15:07 -0500 Report

I am only nervous when I know I have not done well. My past visit was nerve wracking because I knew I had gained some weight and didn't have good control for a while. So my next one will be better. I always feel good when I know I have tried hard and done well. It doesn't always mean I will have the results I want, but as long as I know I have been working hard, then I feel good.

Kaiyle 2010-10-09 20:15:48 -0500 Report

All will be well with you. I am confident that your test results will evidence your invested hard work to maintain good blood sugar levels. So go in not fearful but expectant of a great report.

kofi10 2010-10-09 17:20:35 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic with a high blood on the same day during a routine doctor visit 6 years ago. I've charted my test results and managed to keep my A1C level between 5.4-5.7. Never had to increase dosages in my meds.I believe accepting the faith of the illness and moving onward has being a positive factor in my situation. "Positive attitude has helped a great deal" We may be down but not out.

CaliKo 2010-10-09 18:43:30 -0500 Report

I'm hoping for an A1c as good as yours. I like your positive attitude! Thanks for your comment.

JanetM 2010-10-08 22:41:40 -0500 Report

First…Good luck!…I'm facing the same dilemma. I have my first follow up Monday since being diagnosed with Type 2. I know I've made some positive changes in the last couple of months but often wonder if it's enough and if the changes are working. I've lost some weight and generally feel better but still…is it enough? The closer Monday is the more anxious I become. So here's to both of us getting good news Monday!!

CaliKo 2010-10-09 11:59:57 -0500 Report

Thank you, and good luck to you as well. Sounds like you are improving, so I'm sure the doctor will be pleased. My doctor always acts surprised that anyone actually does what he tells them to do. Let me know when you get your numbers back, and I'll do the same.

RAYT721 2010-10-08 19:51:56 -0500 Report

I only see the man every six months because my numbers have been really good. He's sorta run out of places to probe me so it's basically just blood tests every six months which are decent. No meds for diabetes. Basically the doctor likes seeing me for the copay and my sense of humor. I think he likes the co pay more.

CaliKo 2010-10-09 11:57:03 -0500 Report

I bet he does enjoy your sense of humor. Some of my doctors get my sense of humor, some of them don't…

RAYT721 2010-10-09 13:57:27 -0500 Report

One of our first conversations was asking what I had for lunch (before my diabetic diagnosis) and I told him, "two quarter pounders with cheese and a large fry." … He thought I was joking. I wasn't.

Harlen 2010-10-08 19:22:48 -0500 Report

I did at first then as I got better at taking care of my BS I dont fret over it.
I test even when I feel good and you know what some times its a bit high so I test test test.
Be strong and keep working at it and you will not fret over seeing the Doc any more
Best wishes

CaliKo 2010-10-09 11:55:22 -0500 Report

Thanks, Harlen. I'm 1 year 10 months into this, and the first time my doctor has let me go 6 months for my A1c and the lipid panel. At first I was so good with counting all my calories-carbs-fat-protein and staying on my meal plan, and I lost weight and all my numbers fell in line. This last 6-month period I flunked my bone density test so I've added the strength training and boy does that make me hungry! I've added 5 pounds, but I think I'm leaner. But I'm not counting everything I eat, but trying to follow the guidelines and make good choices. I'm hoping that's good enough for now! Thanks.

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