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"Best" things doctors have said to you

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by tigger, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. RAPS_od

    RAPS_od Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was told a cure was "just around the corner" in 1968. It must be a long **** block!
     
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  2. RAPS_od

    RAPS_od Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh. My. God.
     
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  3. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Bit like the surgeon who did my op a few weeks back he came into me and asked what operation he was doing on me :eek:

    My reply was, if he didn't know what was he or I doing here.
     
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  4. Eldorado

    Eldorado Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand. If I had an itchy eye that I thought seemed infected, I would go and see my GP, not the optician!
     
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  5. Musicalheather

    Musicalheather Type 1 · Member

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    I was diagnosed with t1 at the beginning of July this year and I have to say that since being diagnosed I've realised just how idiotic my gp doctors are! Before being diagnosed, I saw 3 different doctors (I found out I was diabetic as I lost my sight suddenly for an entire week and wanted someone to tell me why and to fix me!) and every single one told me that they didn't know what could have caused it, but that I definitely was not diabetic! Lol. I then got sent of for a blood test to look at my vitamin d levels as requested by my doctor to then find that they hadn't tested for it at all and when I queried this with the doctor he said "why on earth would we test for that at this time of year" not like it was HIS idea or anything?! And last but not least my original diabetic nurse was lovely, I only had her for about 2 weeks and then she left the day that they started me on background insulin. I have been waiting ever since for them to replace her with another 'specialist' diabetic nurse .... Who I saw last week. I was so excited to finally have someone who would know what they were talking about and who would be able to answer all my questions (because honestly I've pretty much been left to my own devices with no support) and the first thing out of her mouth was ..... 'I don't really know anything about t1 diabetes... All my patients are t2' it was a head in hands moment!

    So any advice is welcome! Xx
     
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  6. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You should ask to be referred to a hospital consultant where your care should be much better.
     
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  7. Musicalheather

    Musicalheather Type 1 · Member

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    Can you do that!? I didn't realise that you could request seeing a consultant? How would I go about doing that?
     
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  8. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Some people are happy with their GP looking after their diabetes but, as Type 1, you have the right to attend a hospital diabetic clinic. I presume most GPs automatically refer Type 1 patients but others ask to be referred so they can get specialist help. You are obviously not getting that help, so just ask your GP.

    I could be wrong but I believe @noblehead has a note of our rights which he could forward to you.
     
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  9. Musicalheather

    Musicalheather Type 1 · Member

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    Oh ok, I had no idea that I just had to ask! I just assumed that as a patient I wasn't allowed to request seeing someone other than who they provided. Thank you
     
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  10. RAPS_od

    RAPS_od Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I know things are different in the US, but shouldn't anyone be able to request a different doctor if the one you're seeing says they know nothing about your condition?
     
  11. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Unfortunately I don't @dancer.
     
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  12. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You are entitled to a second opinion, your GP should provide this on request. If none forthcoming then request a written explanation as to why not. It's your life and health not his.
     
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  13. tigger

    tigger Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I believe you can refer yourself into a lot of services under Choose & Book. I've personally never done this as I've either got my GP to refer me or my diabetic consultant.
     
  14. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Not sure you can refer yourself to Choose & Book, thought only a Dr could do this?
     
  15. tigger

    tigger Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You might be right. I do know though that you can ring up clinics and ask how to be referred to them. They will then tell you if you need a GP referral.

    The reason a GP may keep you is because they get more money from saying they are treating you. Do bear this in mindThe reason a GP may keep you is because they get more money from saying they are treating you. Do bear this in mind.
     
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  16. DonnaC-T

    DonnaC-T Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yep I've been told that too :/ x
     
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  17. Mrs Vimes

    Mrs Vimes Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yep, and I test too much.
     
  18. Chook

    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    I've been told that too.
     
  19. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Always ask questions and write them down before you see your GP. Medical professionals are just ordinary people, but with qualifications. I am not proud and will talk to anyone, from the nice street litter picker to a managing director ( or having a falling out with a consultant and a doctor in hospital and I won ) ;)
    Take care, in time it will get a a little easier for you, with knowledge, confidence. and experience :)
    Best wishes RRB
     
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  20. charleym

    charleym Type 1 · Member

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    Whilst seeing a GP about a diabetes related issue 3 months after diagnosis of type 1:

    Me: Can I also get a prescription for more testing strips
    GP: How often are you testing?
    Me: About 4-6 times a day
    GP: That's too much, you've been diagnosed for 3 months now, why are you so pre-occupied with checking?
    Me: Maybe I'll test less in the future but I've been asked to check it at every meal and I'm having 2-3 hypos a day still
    GP: Well after 3 months you should know what's happening without testing. I'll give you a prescription now, but just because you get free prescriptions doesn't mean these don't cost money. You need to start taking this seriously, if you'd done so you wouldn't need to test by now.

    I was so upset I drove all the way home with me handbrake on. Thankfully the next GP I saw wrote an angry email to this one telling her she was wrong and not to say this to anyone else.
     
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