Monday, May 13, 2013

Diabetes Blog Week [Day 1]

Today’s prompt: Often our health care team only sees us for about 15 minutes several times a year, and they might not have a sense of what our lives are really like. Today, let’s pretend our medical team is reading our blogs. What do you wish they could see about your and/or your loved one’s daily life with diabetes? On the other hand, what do you hope they don’t see?  

I have to say, I can't complain about my doctors.  My endocrinologists and PCP are amazing! Here's the reasons why:
*They fight for my diabetic needs and they are incredible advocates.  
*When I get down on myself, they are there to reassure me that I'm doing great with managing my diabetes.  
*They know me on a personal level, which is very comforting.  
*They are there any time of the day and night.  
*I don't get the whole "Well, this is your life now." (Like I use to get from other doctors)
*I hear "You CAN eat ANYTHING you want." (I have heard from other doctors, "You CAN'T eat this or that." Which is NOT true!)

However, if I had to pick something to share to my doctors, it would be this:
I would like them to know that I'm probably going to fail many times with managing my diabetes.  I'll always pick myself up, because I'm strong [after all, it takes a strong person to be a diabetic!]  I want them to know that it is the positive support that keeps me going.  I wish other (not-so-great-ones) could realize how much of an affect they have on a person.  Everything they say or do, can really make or break a PWD.  
There have been cases where I will go to other specialists (doctors)...and they have no clue about diabetes.  My advice to them--if you don't know anything about the disease, you should probably keep your mouth closed.  I really could care less if you have MD at the end of your name.  

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