Questions and Answers!

MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-13 10:10:39 -0600
Started 2011-01-12 09:07:18 -0600

Question and Answer, (Q&A) sessions, with your doctor are very, very important for you.

During your next appointment with your doctor, or members of your diabetes management team, reach inside your pocket and pull out a piece paper, not a check, but rather instead a checklist of questions!

This list should include any questions that you would like to have answered for you, by your doctor or members of his or her medical staff.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/808-emb...

You have a need to know, but unless you ask, you may never know.

~Mays~


9 replies

PetiePal
PetiePal 2011-01-13 10:10:39 -0600 Report

I went in to my 2cd and 3rd visits with a lot more questions. The initial visit I was diagnosed and kinda bummed and shocked. Then I did all my studying and learned up and had a bunch of questions I needed answered:

-Am I Insulin Resistant or not producing enough?
-Can I get off of meds?
-What type of exercise should I do?
-How often should I test?
-Are [these symptoms] normal?
-Is ED something I should be concerned about?

etc

realsis77
realsis77 2011-01-12 15:53:34 -0600 Report

So true mays! I always try to keep a very close realationship with my doctor. I'm very lucky to have such a great helth care team! I always try to keep that realationship open and honest! There their to help and a close realationship is a must!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-01-12 10:27:32 -0600 Report

A good post as usual, Mays. Some Drs or medical insurance providers have esecure mail service where you can ask your Dr questions like that. I had been with Kaiser-Permamemte before my move to Las Vegas, and I used that email service to qsk questions of my Personal care provider, (regular Dr). my Renal Dr, my PT, my dietician. I also would use email to send a spreadsheeet file with her vital signs & 4 BG readings to Jem's Endo 2 x/week to help him manage her out of control BGs. He would send back what changes we should make to her insulins to help bring BG closer to normal.

So if you have a secure email service set up to email your diabetes management team, it can be very useful to use that.

Blessings to you and yours!

James

MAYS
MAYS 2011-01-12 16:48:11 -0600 Report

James, you offer a great solution that is vital to a patients healthcare.
Communication between a doctor and a patient is a key element in staying healthy.
You have a wealth of information that is based on actual experience and facts.
I forsee multiple discussions being posted based on what you have to offer all of us here at DC.

Blessings to you and yours also!

~Mays~

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-01-12 09:13:28 -0600 Report

Good article. I always have a list o questions. I also bring along the daily log i keep of my blood pressure, weight and glucose level. It really helps to keep aware of how I am doing.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-01-12 09:44:09 -0600 Report

I agree!
Asking questions, and documenting your findings, both go hand in hand when monitoring your progress, I'm glad to see that you also include your blood pressure, and your weight in your log, both are essential in monitoring your progress. (KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!)

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-01-12 09:11:11 -0600 Report

Good advice, Mays, and timely. I have an appt. Friday. I started a list at home, I need to get it in my purse.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-01-12 09:38:49 -0600 Report

Good luck on your doctors appointment, please keep us informed.
Ask as many questions as you can, the more we know about diabetes, the better off we are at managing it, don't forget your list!