If there is any place that every diabetic is familiar with, it's the doctor's office. This week our Twitter chat focused on discussing medical appointments, how to prepare for them, and how to feel successful when you walk out of the office.
We also were delighted to have Jewels Doskicz (@She_Sugar) return as our host. Jewel is a type 1 diabetic and parent to a type 1 diabetic.
We began with our usual introductions and then started off with our questions for the evening.
Our first question asked our Twitter chat participants to think of what makes a "good appointment" good.
Hayley Miller (@DiabeticDoc) offered a doctor's perspective saying, "Victory=any improvements (less lows, lower A1C, more testing or feels better). And pt feels good."
Our second question asked, "How do you prepare for your medical office visits?"
Ally (@verylightnosuga) shared that before her appointments she prepares with "lots of prayers. Besides that, I'm used to living in doctor's offices by now. No longer a scary thing; I enjoy feeling safe at endo. I also write a list of topics I want to cover & keep it in Notes in iPhone. Helps me to focus."
Several others also recommended using smartphone apps to keep track of numbers and questions that you need to report to your doctor.
Or maybe you're more like Chris Clem (@Brizeater) and you worry less about gathering information and more about having information to share with your doctor.
Of course, diabetic doctor's appointments aren't only about reporting physical symptoms; there may be some emotional and mental symptoms you have to prepare also.
For some, like Jewels or Ronel Hentschel (@ronelhentschel), preparing for a doctor's appointment isn't about them, but their diabetic child.
Rawlings also shared a helpful checklist to bring to your appointment to be sure that your focus stays in the right place and that you are getting all of the proper care.
Next, we asked about goal setting.
Our final question asked about between-appointment contact with your doctor: "What type of contact do you have with your care provider in-between visits?"
Some seemed to have a lot of contact:
While others wish they had a little more between-appointment contact:
To finish off this week's Twitter chat, we asked our participants to set some goals for their next doctor's appointment based on what we had discussed.
Don't forget to keep up with your goals at your next doctor's appointment and join us next week at #DCDE on March 16, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET for our next Twitter chat.