Changes: Medical People’s Perceptions

Today’s topic for the 6th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:

Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Were they expected or did they surprise you?

DoctorI decided to pick people’s perceptions – not just any people, but those in the medical profession.  I wish some of these people would learn that “one number” does not determine what kind of control you have.  It drives me nuts when you have a doctor’s appointment and some clueless person asks what your blood sugar is then you get to listen to snide comments if your blood sugar is above range.

I know I am singing to the choir here, but there are a million things that affect our blood sugar and I wish some of these people would learn that.  You can give them a legitimate explanation as to why your blood sugar is off that day and they still treat you like someone that is “non compliant” – and yes, I am being sarcastic with that statement!

Instead treating people the way they do, they need to understand that it is not as simple as eating a healthy diet and everything will be fine.  Instead of being critical, they need to listen to what people are saying happened.  They need to keep their mouth shut and quit making faces that show their obvious disapproval!

I am lucky to have a PCP that gets it and has a nurse that gets it too.  It is when I have appointments elsewhere that it becomes a problem.  On Tuesday, I had an appointment with my PCP and had gone for blood work prior.  I knew my A1c would be up – I found out in January that my cat had a large tumor and she ended up dying on April 18th.  I was doing a lot of “stress eating.”  Even though I was testing a lot, the foods I was eating were not gastroparesis friendly and my blood sugar was all over the place.  I didn’t get a nasty comment or glared at when I said I knew my A1c was up before he looked at my blood work.

Ice CreamThen to top it off, I had a rash on my face that I get when I eat dairy.  He asked about that and when I told him it was from eating diary, he asked what I ate.  I said are you sure you want to know – he said yes.  When I told him I had a banana split, he asked if it was worth it.  I told him that we met my cousin at a Dairy Queen as a halfway point and everyone else but me ordered food for lunch.  He said he would have done the same thing.  I didn’t get criticized for eating ice cream!

I wish all medical people would understand that we are human and stuff happens.  Rant over!

You can read more “Changes” posts here.
6th Annual Diabetes Blog Week


  1. Banana splits for all! Except that I would rather have a hot fudge sundae with nuts on top.

  2. Great post, Kelly. I definitely agree that the perceptions of doctors need to change. And the sooner, the better.

  3. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. Great post and I wish doctors looked past the one number as well.

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