Patients Diabetes (Type 2)
What do you think is "lacking" in diabetes care?
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Hi. My name is Rebekah and I am an RN in Missouri. My mother has type 2 diabetes and there are several areas of her care that I feel should have been addressed further or more often.
I am currently obtaining my Masters Degree in Nursing Education and part of that degree involves a direct patient care clinical where we select a chronic condition to study. I would like to hear from others what your experiences have been and where you feel improvements could and should be made.
Areas that I have noted are :
Too much information to process when you are diagnosed
Little follow-up care
No referral to an endocrinologist
No real tracking by health professionals
No "adjustments" to care when health status has changed (my mom is older and tends to forget things more often which has never been addressed in the healthcare setting)
Lack of support for caregivers
I can probably name a lot more, but I am more interested in hearing from those that live with diabetes.
I know that I can't change everything, but I am and will always be a strong advocate for patients.
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I think one to add would be not having enough knowledge and information given to you after diagnosis. Such as less common known complications or symptoms, I guess, that you may experience, as to not cause too much alarm, as well as better access or help when it comes to truly identifying changes that need to be made to your diet. This kind of falls under too little follow-up care that you mentioned above.
I agree. Thank you for your input
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Thank you!!!! That is very helpful!!!
Not being taken seriously when explaining that I do not live off of doughnuts and pie...it is super irritating to have a health professional assume that I am diabetic because I don't have sense enough to know how to eat. My blood sugar is high even when I DON'T eat sometimes.
My former primary care doc failed to schedule even one A1C test this entire YEAR. I got one elsewhere today and my A1C was 11. Obviously it is past time for a new tactic besides 30 units of Basalgar at night. I attempted to get a referral to my Mom's endocrinologist and it was never received although the staff insisted they had sent it. Then they did absolutely NOTHING. Lordy.
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I hope you're doing well! I thought I would "bump" this older discussion because I think it's an interesting topic!
Do you feel that there is any anything lacking in diabetes care? Is there a lack of information, education, understanding, or a lack of doctors specialized in diabetes?
Is it something else? Is there anything you would have liked to have had access to or to have known when you were first diagnosed?
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
I think dietary education would help. When I was diagnosed I was taught how to inject my Lantus and given a script for Metformin. I was never told that watching carbs was as important as watching sugar intake. I was given a sliding scale for Novolog at my last visit but was never told how to use it except to test before meals and follow the scale. I ask questions but cannot seem to get helpful answers. My numbers are always high so I end up injecting Novolog to bring my premeals down but then of course they increase again when I eat.. it’s been 10 years and I’m still confused.
I also need to know if you are supposed to correct the premeal number down to 130 plus guess how many units you need for the meal you are about to eat?
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