Johnben or JB.
By Johnben or JB. Latest Reply 2011-01-28 02:15:28 -0600
Started 2011-01-24 17:33:16 -0600

Complaining about doctors.

I see often patients complaining about the advice of doctors. I can see people getting upset about a doctor giving advice to a diabetic who doesn't seem to have any business giving advice. I read that in the States, doctors in school get only half a day on the subject of diabetes. They mainly learn what they know from their patients.

On the other hand talking with my doctor where I go for 32 years, his frustrations when dealing with new cases of diabetes sounds very real. As you know about 90% of diabetics are type-2 and the rest type-1. Their frustrations comes from non-compliance in particular with the type-2s with the advice given. ( No wonder at about 90%.)
He knows that many patiens going for their HGA 1C try to get a good report by living properly in the month before the test. Of course the test is over 3 months, so it won't have much impact because of the last month. They often show blood tests with their monitors for which they didn't use their monitors at all. They don't know that they cheat themselves! Also the way they eat, they don't realize that they have to put special attention to the portions taken.

So, listening to both sides, we can see the position that both sides are taking. Bad doctors are a curse on our diabetes patients. Bad behaving diabetics are a curse to the good doctors.

We can only do our very best for ourselves, while trying to help those that will accept help. What is your opinion about this matter?

It's only me, JB.

10 replies

vgarrison 2011-01-28 02:15:28 -0600 Report

I think that DRs get so used to people not taking their advice that they go into auto pilot on new diabetic patients, because they think "what's the points, its only going to go in one ear and out the other."

I am very lucky…I finally have a DR that actually cares and askes me what I want to do about something…if we have different opinions then we both explain and come to an agreement together…She believes that yah It's my body and I will take better care of myself if I have a big say in what I do to keep it heathly.

Blessed Be

Aaron1977 2011-01-27 19:54:34 -0600 Report

I've been through some tough times as a diabetic throughout my 27 years of living with Type 1 and it took me a while to realize that my health is MY responsibility. My current Dr is great but when its 2:00am and I'm seriously low or high - it is me who has to take care of it. I think people put too much control/pressure on Dr's to take care of them - when the reality is - the Dr is there for check ups and to give advice. You are responsible for your own health. If you are doing the things you are supposed to be doing - then you can control it - and your Dr can help, but it is really up to you.

roshy 2011-01-25 18:27:43 -0600 Report

i never felt as good in myself when i found a doctor who was as amazing as the one i have now!! he's very intelligent and caring and most of all he will set realistic expectations for me to follow!! he understands that being diabetic is no walk in the park and his empathy is deadly!!! I had him for a year now and he drives me to be a motivated and a healthy diabetic and i have to say im not the easiest patient the majority of the time

and for all the abuse i throw at him he still shows great sincerity !! i should probably send him a card or something!!!

GabbyPA 2011-01-26 09:11:42 -0600 Report

I just sent my doctor a thank you card the other day. Made me feel great to reflect on how much he has helped me. You should give it a try.

CaliKo 2011-01-25 16:51:23 -0600 Report

I think my doctor had more than half a day, he's really patient and caring. And always asks, instead of telling, for example, "I recommend CDE classes, would you be interested in that?"

jayabee52 2011-01-27 20:44:22 -0600 Report

If they're interested, they certainly can and do, do further study. Actually Drs & RNs & other medical people must take CDE classes to keep their certifications/licenses current. As a CNA I was required to take 24 hrs of classes every 2 yrs as a requirement to be recertified. I know RNs have to do something like that and it is my understanding that Drs do too (each state has their own regulations on how many classes over what period of time) That's just a minimum. They CAN do more if confronted with a difficult situation. IMO that is what separates the great Drs from the mediocre ones, learning above and beyond what is absolutely necessary to maintain licensure. .

GabbyPA 2011-01-25 09:26:04 -0600 Report

This is very true and I do understand the issues the doctors have with those patients. However, there are many of us who do work hard, keep accurate and honest journals and they still treat us like dirt. It took me a few visits before my doctor realized that I was really trying my best to follow his advice and learn from others. He believes me now and we work together. Sometimes it just takes showing them that you do mean business.