What Brings Me Down: Doctors

2014 Diabetes Blog Week

Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog Week is What Brings Me Down:

Click for the What Brings Me Down – Wednesday 5/14 Link List. May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks go out to Scott of Strangely Diabetic for coordinating this topic.)

I had to really stop and think about this one because for me, it is not truly diabetes that brings me down.  It isn’t even the complications from it that bring me down.  And yes, I have had some days that I cried because of both of them but those are few and far in between. 

For me, the most frustrating thing is having to deal with doctors.  These past two years, I have been dealing with a foot wound that got infected and the infection set into my bone.  Everyone says we need to be informed patients but doctors hate it when we are and certainly don’t like it when you have an opinion about things you do or don’t want to do.  The times I have spent in tears this last year weren’t because of my wound but because of frustrations with doctors. 

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Tell Me a Story: Jason

Jason

2014 Diabetes Blog Week

Today’s topic is to write a poem and I am horrible at writing poetry. I picked one of the wildcard topics instead:

Click for the Tell Me a Story Wildcard Link List. Write a short story personifying a diabetes tool you use on a daily basis. A meter, syringe, pump, pill, etc. Give it a personality and a name and let it speak through you. What would it be happy about, upset about, mad about? (Thank you Heather of Unexpected Blues for this topic.)

You want a story? Let me tell you about Jason. You know Jason, from Friday the 13th? WRONG. Jason is really my meter. Jason is bad, bad, bad!

Jason with Meter

Sometimes, Jason lies or acts like the Diabetes Police. He likes to say, “you really should NOT have eaten that.” Or he tells you that you are high just because you touched something sweet.

Jason

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Change the World: Education

2014 D Blog Week

Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog Week is Change the World:

Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.)

I could easily say all of the above for what is important to me, but I know that was not the point of this topic!  So, for this post, I will stick to lack of education.  I think is sad how many people that I talk to either online or in person that really don’t even know some of the basic things that we all should know.  When I found the DOC, I had been diabetic for almost 24 years and I felt like a newbie with some of things I learned and had never heard before (like carb counting!). 

I think every newly diagnosed person should be handed the book, “Think Like a Pancreas and anyone being put on insulin should also be handed the book, “Using Insulin.”  For that matter, any doctors and nurses working with anyone that uses insulin should be required to read “Using Insulin” and pass a test on it before being allowed near a diabetic! 

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Update – What a Long Strange Trip it Has Been!

I have had a few people ask me when I was going to start writing again.  I have actually started a few things then never got around to getting them finished and/or posted. 

In April, I hit the two year mark that I have been dealing with this wound.  September started another downhill spiral with it.  On Friday, September 6th, I had an eye appointment in Pittsburgh.  I was very sick in my stomach that day but my blood sugar was normal.  At first, I thought it was stress.  I had been picked to be in the November issue of the Diabetes Forecast for an article they were doing on complications.  A photographer was coming that Sunday to take pictures and I was more than a little nervous!  You can read that article here, just scroll down towards the bottom. 

By Monday, the photo shoot was over so no reason to still be sick in my stomach.  By then, my blood sugars were also out of whack.  When my sister came to do the dressing on my foot, we noticed air in my foot again.  That happened back in March when the bozo doctor left me without antibiotics then put me on one resistant to the bug I had. 

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