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From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-17-2007, 10:09 PM (1 of 23)
Well went to the rheumatologist yesterday for my annual visit...(35 miles away in another town)...made it home to find my husband on the phone with my Dr...seems some of the blood work she took, was off a bit.. blood sugar was I've never had symptoms of diabetes and she does these tests every yr. According to the Dr's (5 of'em) I saw in the ER at the base yesterday/last night (where my rheumatologist sent me) It's been in my med records since 2004, that my blood sugar was high...and NO ONE TOLD ME. I see a Dr regularly out there...(she hasn't been my fav, so it's not going to be a bad thing to trade her in...for someone who will actually LOOK at my tests and give me information.) The Dr's at the base thought I was husband was right there and I would point to him and say ask my neighbor...I don't lie...I have no reason wonder I've been feeling awful for so long...If my military Dr wasn't military...I could sue it is, I can't...
Luckily I didn't pass out driving, keel over in the Dr's office or the ER...of course I never look sick. Soooo...
Now I'm on meds and I have to see a Dr on monday.
(I'm on pills and I hope to stay that way...that or nothing if I can lose some weight.)

To say I'm angry is the least of it...I could have killed myself and taken someone else's life with my car, because some stupid woman Dr, couldn't be bothered with me...she needs a slap...:sad:
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From: Jeke
Date: 03-17-2007, 10:58 PM (2 of 23)
I do not blame you for being mad. That is such a dangerous situation in so many ways. My good friend just had heart surgery this past week. She had tests about 10 years ago that said she had this problem and has been to several doctors since and nobody said anything. She finally got a lab tech that told her to keep asking questions and go to a cardiologist.
Anyway, hope you get on a good program that will get you feeling better.
Take care,
User: Jeke
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From: pretnichols
Date: 03-18-2007, 09:18 AM (3 of 23)
WOW, I'm stunned and angry at your doctor! :mad: What is wrong with some of the medical staff today!! Not all doctors are bad, but that is just not right. You were a "ticking" time bomb with blood sugar that high. Just know that we are here to support you while you get it under control. I believe that to be the most frustrating and hard part. Once you get it under control, you'll do fine. My Dad was diagnosed 2 years ago......after surgery for an aneurism(sp?). They had been testing him prior but about 3 months after surgery his numbers went through the roof. (My family and I believe it is related to all the medication he takes for other problems -- 13 pills a day). Today, he is free of diabetes medication but still watches his numbers carefully.

Keep us posted. We're here to support you.

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
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From: lendube
Date: 03-18-2007, 12:02 PM (4 of 23)
Wow, Kath, it's amazing you haven't had any major incidents with levels like that! Hopefully you can get it under control.

My stepd has had Type 1 since she was 12. It's been a miserable part of her life since she's stubborn about taking care of herself. It's heartbreaking to dh to see the problems she brings on herself. She got married 2 years ago (she's now 29) and from out of nowhere her new husband was found to have Type 1 as well. Maybe they'll be better off watching each other.......

It's a managable disease so please take care of yourself now that you know.

Dr.'s are just people. Some were A students and some C. Some give a "you know what" and some don't.

Good Luck, Lennie
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From: Magot
Date: 03-18-2007, 12:59 PM (5 of 23)
:shock: take care of yourself Kath - I mean who else will!
love and kisses, Jan
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From: ninifav
Date: 03-19-2007, 12:03 AM (6 of 23)
You know, this could explain some of those "dropsy" days that you have had when you dropped everything in sight...I'll bet you have felt kinda lousy for a while and didn't realize that it was something other than aging (who?? us?? never!!)
Anyway, please know that just taking some meds isn't going to make it wonderful overnight...It takes a while to balance everything...Actually, if you could find an endocrinologist who spealizes in Diabetes, you would be ahead of the game...Good luck...I'm glad that this was discovered...maybe now you will start feeling better...
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From: Brenisback
Date: 03-19-2007, 06:21 AM (7 of 23)
Kath hope you get yourself better soon awful for you to have to go threw this for so long ... what terrible negelete ... glad you let us know...were her for you...take care.

People come into your life ...for a Reason a Season or a Lifetime.
User: Brenisback
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From: Bama
Date: 03-19-2007, 11:21 AM (8 of 23)
I hope you feel better soon. I had a doctor like that once. Made me so mad. :mad:
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From: cowqueenie
Date: 03-19-2007, 11:54 AM (9 of 23)
Please be sure to take care of yourself. I am the one who had a kidney transplant paritally due to the disease. I have neuropathy on top of that which is very painful every day and all the time. Luckily my eyesight is still good and hasn't changed but I was only 17 when I found out and wasn't diabetic that long to have gotten all the complications that I did. I didn't really take really good care of myself until I met my husband and started being responsible for my own health. It has caused a lot of heartache with wanting to have childrent and losing 5 pregnancies because I decided not to take care of myself in college. PLEASE educate yourself because the doc's don't do a good job of it. And know that you can "sneak" a goodie but just plan for it in your meal plan! You can do this Kath! I know you can. There will be challenges but you can do it!!!
"A trip to the fabric store is my therapy"
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From: esrun3
Date: 03-19-2007, 06:49 PM (10 of 23)
Wow Kath! Too bad you can't sue that dr. It is a miracle nothing really bad has happened and yes this could easily explain why you don't feel well and you have worse days than others!

If you can, go see an endocrinologist or be sure your pcp specializes in diabetes. That's the best thing for your health right now. Also, see a diabetic educator...I don't know what the base offers but many of the endocrinologists have RN's who are educators on staff or the local hospitals sometimes offer the class-usually for free but there might be a small fee.

I am so mad at your dr! This is why I ask for specifics when labs are taken, I want to know the numbers and what the "normal" range is for the lab they used!
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From: Judi
Date: 03-25-2007, 01:23 AM (11 of 23)
for sure see a dietician - familiar with diabetes, who can help you with your diet - that's an eating plan - not something to dread. You need to know when and what to eat.
I lost my sister to results of diabetes - (at age 63) and know that you can do so much to manage it - not let it manage you.

Sewing is almost better than Chocolate.
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From: Sancin
Date: 03-25-2007, 02:54 AM (12 of 23)
I second the suggestion to get into a diabetic education program. They are quite common now as diabetes in NA is on the rise. They usually have a team of RN and Dietician in a community or hospital based program. The one at our local hospital seems very good with shopping sprees and restaurants to pick out meals!! Knowing someone else with diabetes is a support as well.

Don't be overly upset with your doctor. It could change your blood sugar! :bluewink: Blood sugars often run different at different times depending on what you have eaten or what you have been doing before the blood is drawn. Blood sugar also can change very quickly, often for unknown reasons. It is a complicated disease that more is being learned about all the time. Further there is a great variation of opinions in the health care community on when to get concerned.

Personally my blood sugars are up and down and around and I don't have diabetes. The main thing now is to get to know all you can about it and take of yourself. You can do it as you already know so much about your other conditions and you are aware of what to look for. Good luck. :smile:

For those of you who developed diabetes as a teenager or have teenagers with diabetes know that it is probably the most difficult time to develop the disease due to the psychological changes during the teens. Many times teens use the disease as a form of rebellion not really understanding what they are doing to their body. Risk behaviour, you know. It is very hard for parents to let their children to take care of themselves as it is to let them do many other things as they grow up. :bolt:
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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From: Patty22
Date: 03-25-2007, 11:21 AM (13 of 23)
All I can say is I fully support stem cell research as Diabetes is a disease I hope to see eliminated!
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From: Jeke
Date: 04-03-2007, 09:01 PM (14 of 23)

How goes the war with the doctors? Have sure been thinking about you.

User: Jeke
Member since: 11-10-2004
Total posts: 232
From: jessie s
Date: 04-04-2007, 07:17 PM (15 of 23)
Chrsantha. Do you have one of those little machines to check your blood sugar yourself. Not sure where you are from but here in Southern Ontario the pharmacies carry them and will show you how they work. My DH developed type 2 diabetes 8 yrs ago. It is controlled by diet. Dr told him to lose 40 pounds so he lost 40 pounds. I do not have his will power. But he has lots. He controls it with diet. But often the pharmacies have free clinics for diabetes and they give all kinds of info. Good Luck. jessie s
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Member since: 02-26-2007
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From: colojd
Date: 04-26-2007, 09:22 AM (16 of 23)
So sorry to hear what you have been through. I agree that you should probably get one of those monitors and watch your sugar levels yourself. Might also want to see if there is a health fair (communities often do these in the spring) and get a blood draw there and compare the results.

I have to say that I have lost a lot of faith in doctors. Now it seems that the drug companies and testing labs tell the doctors what to do, because they make it profitable and fun for them to use their products. Loads of doctors get things like trips, gifts and most often kickbacks from prescribing drugs and tests. I think the researchers don't want to pay people to test their products, so push the doctors to prescribe drugs and tests that can be paid by the patient and insurance companies so they can gather their data.

Your sugar levels sound really high and I hope that you can cross check to make sure they reported it right and I hope you are feeling better very soon!
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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 04-26-2007, 05:43 PM (17 of 23)
While I agree that the relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies is definitely an issue right now, I wanted to clarify one thing. Doctors do not get money from having their patients participate in research studies. This would be a conflict of interest, and there are committees to oversee research studies that ensure that this does not happen.

Patients, on the other hand, can often get free medication and health care by participating in a research study -- for some studies, the patients are even paid for their time if they are subjected to extra testing. Patients are not put on experimental therapies without their knowledge -- the doctors are required to inform patients of the possible risks and benefits of participating, and the patients are required to sign forms saying that they were properly educated about the study before enrolling.

Many doctors do get kickbacks from prescribing brand name drugs, and this needs to stop. However, research isn't really part of that particular problem (although it has plenty of ethical problems of its own!). - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: Bama
Date: 04-28-2007, 12:02 AM (18 of 23)
Many doctors do get kickbacks from prescribing brand name drugs, and this needs to stop. However, research isn't really part of that particular problem (although it has plenty of ethical problems of its own!).

I've been wondering about that. The last time I went to the doctor, he prescribed an antibiotic for a kidney infection. He attached a coupon to the prescription for $15 off and I thought he was trying to help keep my cost down. He knows my insurance prefers generic if it's available. Even after the coupon it was $96 for 5 pills!! :shock: Since we have a $300 deductible, I had to pay the whole amount. :mad: If I had known how much it was going to cost before the pharmacist filled it, I would have asked the doctor if something else would work. :mad: Unfortunately, I was feeling crummy and paid for the prescription.
User: Bama
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From: Bama
Date: 04-28-2007, 12:07 AM (19 of 23)
After re-reading through this thread, I noticed Chrys hasn't been around in a while. Where are you Kath? Everything okay?
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From: Sancin
Date: 04-28-2007, 03:46 AM (20 of 23)
Thought the same thing earlier today. Hopefully she is on a nice holiday and nothing is wrong.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-28-2007, 08:31 AM (21 of 23)
I was thinking the same thing -- Where is Kath? And Libby too. Where is Libby?
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From: Bama
Date: 04-28-2007, 09:54 AM (22 of 23)
Maybe Kath is visiting her sister.
I hope they both check in soon.
It could be computer problems.
User: Bama
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From: Bama
Date: 04-30-2007, 09:22 PM (23 of 23)
I just received a package from Chrys, so she must be okay.
Maybe she'll check in soon. Anyone heard from Libby?
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