By ktool321 Latest Reply 2010-11-07 18:15:42 -0600
Started 2010-11-07 08:27:33 -0600

I was recently diagnosed type II. I know I need a better relationship with my doctor because this condition is life threading. I am unable to achieve the level of communication I feel comfortable with in my current physicians practice. I was told off twice for contacting him after hours when my sugar read out at 229. (I received no medication at my last visit when he looked at my A1c results, I had to press him to go in the back storage closet for a meter!) I am in east central Florida with in 15 miles of Cape Canaveral, Fl. Can anyone help?

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ktool321 2010-11-07 18:15:42 -0600 Report

Thank you! My current Dr. is also an internist. But I realize that an endocrinologist is the correct specialist. The largest problem is when I do get admitted to a practice I have no coverage & haven't had any since 2004. (I lost it when my father died.)

CaliKo 2010-11-07 14:35:26 -0600 Report

If you live close to a medical center that includes a diabetes center, you could call and ask for recommendations for a doctor that specializes in diabetes. My doctor is an internist, and is good with diabetic care, but an endocrinologist is the correct specialist for diabetes. Ask your doctor (when you find him/her) for a referral to a class on diabetes. Good luck!

realsis77 2010-11-07 10:58:58 -0600 Report

Wow that's terriable! Id start by looking for a new doctor! Maybe make some calls out of the phone book and talk to the nurses. You need to do this right away! I can not believe your current doctor is ignoreing you like that. You need a treatment plan and regiment that you can follow. That's very important. Get a doc that will work with you. It might takes some adjestments in treatment before you get it right, mine did but hang in there and find a new doc asap! I'm lucky I love my doc he's great so look around good docs are out there! Good luck.

Swbtab03 2010-11-07 08:58:45 -0600 Report

Go to your local hospital, and see a nutrionists they are extremely helpful in getting you the right direction. I'm in PA but I'm sure local hospitals have programs out there.
I personally went to a local program that helped me with diet,exercise,and how to use a meter and such. As far as what you need medically you might want to find another doctor- find a MD that your insurance covers. Dont wait around get treated now or it could be life threatinig. 229 can be bad but it all depends on your size,A1C,and a bunch of other factors. Try to get your numbers above 72 and below 140, until you see a real doctor, they will determine where you should be at and what your goals are. Everyone is different, me i'm 230 5' 6" and i have to be below 160, I hover usually around 120-140 except now due to personal medical changes.
But your first thing is get to another doctor quick, or get into this doctors office with a list of questions and don't leave without the answers.

GabbyPA 2010-11-07 08:51:49 -0600 Report

I am in Florida, but not close enough to offer you a specific doctor to visit. I have had to look for one that I could relate to, and you may need to do some of that. If there is a diabetic support group in your area (call the hospital and ask) there you might be able to ask members about their doctors and find one that they like. You are right, that is most important to have open communication with your doctor. It will make all the difference in the world.

A 229 is not overly high, but if it's high for you I totally understand the scare. Specially since it's new to you. What you want to do is get a copy of your Lab results at every visit. Keep a copy so you can compare and see for yourself what is going on inside. It is just one part of your treatment tools. You may not need to be on meds, encouraging diet and exercise as a first defense is a good thing. However, if your doctor didn't give you a guide, then log on to other discussions here about carb counting and eating as a diabetic. If you can schedule a meeting with a diabetes educator, that will help a LOT.

Hang in there. You are on the right path in taking care of yourself. Ultimately, it is up to you, so find the best team and buddy system that will help you in the long run.

ktool321 2010-11-07 08:29:04 -0600 Report

That should be Life threatening.

ktool321 2010-11-07 12:24:41 -0600 Report

Thanks to everyone who responded to my post!. I'm looking, but the good Drs. have a long waiting list. I know, I called and was placed on one list & was then called and told the list was being eliminated because he was closing his practice to all new patients. I will wind up going to a walk-in clinic most likely :-(