Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Diabetes Blog Week Post-#3 Clean It Out

Diabetes Blog Week Post#3- Clean It Out

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Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let's clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you're mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)

I know over the years I have been listed as uncompliant in my medical files. The saddest part is that I was trying. I know now even with the best A1c I have ever had I know my previous Endocrinologist listed me as uncompliant Even though I worked really hard on reviewing my number and making changes as necessary. I know my current family practice Dr. lists me as uncompliant because of the fact I have complications and even thought my A1c is excellent. I work very hard to keep lows at bay and keep my Retinopathy under control in fact I only see the Retina Specialist twice a year because it is considered stable currently.

I know it infuriates me that they make assumptions the minute you mention complications which to some Dr.'s means I don't try, don't test and don't care but I find it insulting that they write me off. They tend to not give patients the benefit of the doubt. I know that so many people including nurses feel that they are free to comment negatively to the patient because you have complications. I wish they would teach physicians not to use the word uncompliant with Diabetic patients. I know I do request my medical records and I do read what they say. I have fired Dr.'s after reading the medical records. I hire them for a service not for judgement.

I know I wish more Dr.'s would understand that being a Diabetic is not easy and getting perfect numbers is not possible. I also wish they would at least look at my current A1c. I know I went to my current eye Dr.  who referred me to my  current Retina Specialist. I know I told him my Alc has been been below 7 for 7 years now. I happened that day to have a copy of my A1c and he seemed shocked. I know he mentioned most of his patients A1c is not that great but was surprised I had Retinopathy. I know Dr.'s are human but I have personally experienced way too much assuming and not enough checking by Dr.'s the past couple of years. I really wish they would move toward not using the word uncompliant because it is really defeating statement to the patients who really are trying.

I know I can't change much except addressing the Dr. I currently see. I have requested that one Dr. remove the word uncompliant from my file because I showed him my A1c and my graphs all the Diabetes data. I don't find it fair that I am automatically considered to be a bad patient when I work so hard. I am trying to let this go emotionally but I know it will take time to get over the fact that I can't change all Dr.'s. I am hoping that some day they won't use that term about any Diabetic but for now I can only hope that someday that is the case.

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