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Sick to the back teeth of being asked if I smoke !

Discussion in 'Diabetes Soapbox - Have Your Say' started by JMK1954, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Once I exclaimed “oh not again!” And the nurse said “well we don’t have to” so we didn’t
     
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  2. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I'm pleased I do not get sick of it when I have to have a ECG done just before I see the Cardiologist.

    Edit: Typo
     
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  3. Grumpy ole thing

    Grumpy ole thing Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's height for me, every time. How tall am i? Same as I've been for over 30 years, and the DVLA one, how long have i had diabetes? That'll be 3 years longer than last time. Keep smiling xx
     
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  4. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    and they always measure your BP but never measure your BS unless you are diagnosed as a diabetic. They do these things because they have always done them and the practice is never reviewed.
     
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  5. JMK1954

    JMK1954 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've never been good at producing a witty or light-hearted response to a stupid or pointless question. There is a delay before my brain gets round to spotting that my husband has made a joke, but at least that makes him laugh. The question 'Are you sure you're a type 1 ?', asked recently by an ignorant nurse at a hospital clinic had me shocked and immediately angry. That's the way I react, but it's a relief to know that it's not just me that is driven nearly crazy by the tick box business. This nurse acts as if nobody ever doubts the need to ask the same question at every appointment and behaves as if there's something really strange about my reaction.

    I think I will consult my husband and son as to a suitable witty response and learn it by heart in order to cope with this woman in future.
     
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  6. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately height does go down as you get older, sigh. You're obviously younger than me.
     
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  7. Knikki

    Knikki Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    When I was doing the "training" for the Libre thing I had an HB1Ac done which was I think round the 39mmol mark to which the nurse said "Are you sure your diabetic" to which point I stroked my imaginary beard had one of those very concerned looks then a massive smile and said "I was last time I looked" :)

    Had many questions like that over the years,

    Best one was signed in a new Doctors so went through one of those "Wellman clinics" and he had one of those dipstick things which he stuck in a pot of wee, dipped it in, looked, bit concerned, shock his head, threw it away got another one out did the same, same colour, at this point he is looking very concerned, turns to me with one of those "you have 3 hours to live looks" and said.

    "I think that you may have diabetes?"
    "Oh" I said "why?"
    "Because the colours on the stick are showing there is a positive for sugar in the urine."
    "Oh that's OK", I said "only been one for the last 30 odd years and did mention it when joined the surgery"
    "Well that will teach me to read the notes first" he replied.

    I found it funny he was a little embarrassed :hilarious:
     
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  8. Tophat1900

    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    That is the most helpful question I can be asked by a HCP.... no wasting time going over the last visits stats and if something has changed it allows more time to focus on that. Which is obviously more important.

    To be fair to all HCP's, they are just trying to do their job and help everyone they deal with.
     
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  9. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what all the fuss about. To answer yes or no to a few questions is hardly a big deal. Surely it is better for them to check things, the slight inconvenience is worth it to have the correct information. Who would volunteer that they had started smoking again or drinking heavily?
     
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  10. NicoleC1971

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    At least you still look young enough to be fertile!
    Only been asked about smoking when they are doing their risk calculator thing prior to the dreaded statin conversation when the number triggers a recall to the doctor call/letter.
     
  11. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

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    I was asked by a nurse how far can you walk comfortably my answer I have Myasthenia Gravis walking is often impossible for me and always difficult.

    Next question how far can you walk without discomfort up hill .

    My response may I refer you to my last answer .

    nurses reply oh yes I see, what is Myasthenia Gravis?
     
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  12. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    • Just write on some cardboard and hold them up, with: YES, NO, DONT GIVE A HOOT, COMPUTER SAYS NO........., SAME ANSWER AS LAST TIME, lol that should do it :D
     
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  13. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Yes and you could include a LOL card too. :D
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Possibly :)
     
  15. copilost

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    I said "you can weigh me but you can't tell me what the number is" (truth). They will do it and oddly sometimes didn't bother to weigh me......
     
  16. Emile_the_rat

    Emile_the_rat Type 1.5 · Well-Known Member

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    What I really hate is how they always must weight me. And everytime I get scared :nailbiting:, because I now I’m little bit overweight, and afraid my weight would end up as an arguement for setting me on some weird diet. :eek:

    Strange thing, everytime they tell me I have a normal and healthy weight, even thought I’m fat :woot:

    So guess I just keep on enjoying life and food :)
     
  17. cireland

    cireland LADA · Active Member

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    @JMK1954 - No, it's a question with a half a second answer. Bigger things in life to take umbrage with.
     
  18. Suz2

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    Here's a help. ICD-10 has specific codes to identify nonsmokers and levels of alcohol use. In order to submit those codes there must be documentation in your medical record that your practitioner has asked you the questions received your answer. So, go with the response that nothing has changed since your last visit and the practitioners have documented your response to these history questions and can record the ICD-10 diagnoses.
    Why is this important? Statistical reports. When you read that x%of patients diagnosed with lung cancer have been smokers, these codes are where this information comes from.
    If your history hasn't changed, speak up and short circuit the litany of inane questions. But remember, the data is impotant.
     
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  19. JMK1954

    JMK1954 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't have any quarrel with giving the information, but this woman rang me two days ago and asked yet again. I assume she forgot to record my answer at the surgery !
     
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