Friday, March 27, 2015

Ted Talk about Diabetes

I know this Ted Talk was done back in 2013 but I think it is a very powerful message in a great deal of ways. I know every time I walk into a room a Dr. makes a great deal of assumptions such as she does not test or manage her Diabetes imagine their shock when they see my low A1c. I know most assume she has complications and she is an uncompliant patient. I know I have learned the hard way from my Retina Specialist they make assumptions that all people with Diabetic Retinopathy all have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I have never had high blood pressure or high cholesterol. So I find these days I get treated with a great deal of disrespect and contempt from most staff. I have to say though except for my Endocrinologist's office they do a really great job of supporting me as the patient.

So I find it frustrating that we are all put into this blame bubble as Diabetics regardless of what type. I know I have been approached in the ER by Dr.'s who walk in and automatically treat me with contempt and blame. They approach me not as a person who needs compassion but instead with almost a look of another person here because they have given up. I know I have received some of the worst criticism from medical staff during some of the toughest days as a Diabetic. I think it can be so sad that we get treated this way but I know it has gotten better in some ways. I know that I have seen a great deal of people who see so much abuse of our health care system it leaves them jaded but the bad part is that they assume all of us are the same. Which is not fair or right. I know Dr.'s are human too and make mistakes as you will see in the Ted Talk below. I know the Dr. does get chocked up at his mistakes of not treating the Diabetic patient with the same care as his other patients. I know in these situations I don't let the Dr.'s get away with things and I will confront them with how they are treating me as the patient.

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