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Old 08-14-2018, 02:41   #1
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How often do you go to the doctor for diabetes-related reasons?

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About as often as i get a my wisdom teeth pulled. I bought and now own diabetes with a high interest rate over 40 years ago with monthly payments for life and rebuilt its foundation from the body up. It has endured thru highs, lows, seizures, paramedic assistance. 24,376 injections, 40,223 blood drops from stabbing my fingertips, 2 transplant pancreas organ surgery's, the eventual loss both pancreases to blood clots and autoimmunity, and a lifetime of dedication to make the best of an stubborn and egregious disease. Its mine and a Dr with a total of 10 minutes to listen while his focus is on a chart is an adviser, not an architect. I attained A1cs of 5.0 to 5.6, made sacrifices, spilled blood, sweat and tears, and beat the odds. I also did extensive research on endocrinology and diabetes over the last 23 years and talked to other diabetics to find solutions and understand what was going on

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Don't need a doctor for my diabetes. No meds, and I get my meter and strips through Amazon. I can buy an A1C test OTC if I want it, but don't feel the need - it's the post-meal tests that give me the most relevant data.

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I see my ophthalmologist every year and my family doctor maybe once every three years.
I kind of feel the same way as Hearts Jounrey in regard to my family doctor. A guy who only sees me for 10 minutes and treats me like an idiot - or someone who doesn't know anything about diabetes - That really ticks me off - I've survived the last 52 years living with this complication free condition so far and his 10 minutes of consultation never changes anything.
But I have to get him to renew my prescriptions for Insulin and Test Strips - sometimes I get him to deal directly with the pharmacy. This allows me to right off the cost with my Insurance Company. But sometimes he wants to see me - I suppose to determine if I'm still alive LOL ....

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I think my PCP is going to want to see me every 6 months. We haven't gotten into a routine yet because last year after I was diagnosed, my PCP moved, so I had to see someone else in the interim. Now, he's back, and I saw him this past May. He ordered lab work to check my cholesterol.

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When I was first diagnosed he saw me every month. Eventually, it switched to quarterly. Now he sees me twice a year.

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My medical doctor (Internist) I see every 6 months. Although, it was 11 months this last time, as I missed an appointment....memory is failing me some!

I see my eye doctor once a year.

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With your impressive progress, stellar results, and firm command of your diabetes, i think its time for your DR to make an appt to see you every 6 months. You looking for a Physicians Assistant Dr Cricket?

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I love that he doesn't mess with me anymore.

He used to be such a grouch.

I reckon he figured he couldn't argue with results.

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I reckon he figured he couldn't argue with results.
"Results" pretty much wins every time, doesn’t it?

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