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[IP] Questions for my Diabetes Educator
I have only become a part of this list in the past few months although I
have been wearing a pump for almost 5 years. I feel that the training
and education I have been receiving from my doctor and nurses is very
lacking. I don't think they have been keeping up to date or else they
just don't care. I actually made an appointment with a new doctor, but
had an experience with DKA which forced me to see my current doctor for
treatment. I have had several appointments in the last few weeks and
therefore, canceled my appointment with the new doctor.
I have bought the book Pumping Insulin, but have not made my way through
it well with setting basals because of failing to fall into normal
range. My problem is that I am meeting with the Diabetes Educator on
June 3 and want to be prepared to ask as many questions as possible. I
have read a lot of things on this list that I have never heard of and I
have been a diabetic for almost 21 years. I want the best treatment
that I can possibly get.
My doctor does not seem to think there is any need for "intensive"
treatment. He told me just this week that I didn't need to check my
sugar so often. I check between 7 and 8 times a day. He is very lax
when I ask questions about problems that I am having. He loves to tell
me that I can adjust my basals without his help. I am very sensitive to
any minor changes and therefore am afraid to make these changes on my
own. I really feel that I need a little more guidance than he is
willing to provide.
My question is, what types of things should I ask in order to at least
make an attempt at getting the help I feel I need. After my appointment
on Monday, I was so angry and hurt that I was in tears. I am feeling
really alone with this disease.
Thanks in advance,
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