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Telling off for self testing

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Atad heavy, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am type 2 controlled by diet & exercise & have just had my first annual review. To say it didn't go well would be an understatement, I actually got a good telling off for self testing. I was told that if they deemed it necessary then a meter would have been prescribed so why was I doing it. I replied that I was eating to my meter in the hope of controlling my diabetes & not putting myself at risk of complications. The DN said that it was a waste of time as I would have to test all day long as it changes. My food diary didn't get looked at & I left feeling really emotional like a naughty child.
    Am I wrong for testing my blood ?
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nope. Your DN is a dinosaur. Did you get your HbA1c result?
     
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  3. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No you’re not doing the wrong thing. You’re doing precisely the right thing. Ignore your nurse and do as you wish. You’re the one living with diabetes while she gets to go home at night and forget about it.
     
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    Patrick66 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not at all.

    You are doing it so you can monitor yourself and see how different foods affect your readings. Its a form of self-help. Unfortunately there is a great reluctance amongst some Diabetic Nurses to see the benefits and prescriptions of monitors for Type 2s are few and far between.
    So carry on. I do. I paid for mine myself so I am not burdening the NHS and I am certainly not harming anyone by self-testing.
     
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  5. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not yet, the DN said if there was an issue then I would hear soon if not, then I would get a letter in 2 - 3 weeks
     
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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I cannot believe that they would just depend on an annual blood test when it is such a progressive disease.
     
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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am going to carry on self testing, I am quite happy to buy the testing gear and not be a burden on the NHS but I hated being made to feel that I was a hypochondriac doing something completely unnecessary.
     
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    britishpub Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Of course not, and anyway you can do whatever you choose, and you certainly don't need permission from anyone to test.

    If any NHS employee said that to me the answer would end in OFF
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Your DN's opinion as to what could be an "issue" should be ignored. Just ask your surgery for a printout of your results.
     
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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    They said that they have to get authorisation from the Doctor before giving out copies
     
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  11. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Your money, your fingers but above all it’s your diabetes. If you’re in England you should be able to register to see your results on line.
     
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    briped Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you decide to 'waste your time' testing, it's none of her business, and certainly not her time you waste if indeed any time is wasted at all. I'm appalled! Is there a chance you can see a different DN next time? You shouldn't be made to feel that you're a hypochondriac. You're doing the only sensible thing.
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well tell them to get it then! You are entitled to a printout of your results for your own records.
     
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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am in England and I will ask my Doctor for online access. I asked at reception and they said I have to request it online but I cannot find where.
     
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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou for that, I think she is the only one at the surgery so I need to harden up a bit before the next one.
     
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    Sue192 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I just hope that when the blood test results come back that they are much improved
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My surgery don't put results on line. It's a local decision. I asked at reception how to do it and they gave me a code which I had to use to register.
     
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    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No!

    Diabetes UK - Knowing your blood sugar levels helps you manage your diabetes and reduces your risk of having serious complications – now and in the future.

    Diabetes.co.uk - In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) does not permit people with type 2 diabetes who are not treated with insulin access to diabetes test strips on prescription unless doctors state a legitimate reason or benefit for a particular patient. “Permit” seems an odd choice of words, “encourage” might be better. This I imagine is because they will not give you a prescription for the strips. Diabetes.co.uk go on to say - However, there is now a bank of evidence that structured Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG) can have positive effects on people with non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes, including helping them to better understand their condition, reduce their HbA1c levels, and improve their diabetes control.

    American Association of Diabetes - One of the researchers commented that study participants said that sticking to a regular, self-monitoring schedule really helped them to know where their blood levels were and take appropriate action, such as adding physical activity or choosing a healthy snack. They also said it helped them to accept that they had diabetes and to feel confident that they could control it rather than letting it control them. (American Association of Diabetes Educators, Aug. 5, 2015)

    I expect we could find a lot more of these recommendations from different diabetes bodies.

    I think the best thing is to ask your DN a very simple question.

    Over the next year, how do I tell if my diet and exercise regime are helping me to control my BG. Are you honestly telling me that I have to wait a year to find out that my BG is out of control and if so, how do I prevent the damage done by having poor BG control.

    Maybe diabetic patients with complications make her feel that she's more important and needed. DOn't worry about her too much, I think the NHS is guilty of endangering our lives in a ridiculous effort to reduce costs, offset by billions of pounds required to treat complications.

     
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  20. OrsonKartt

    OrsonKartt Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The person who told you that is a ****!!!
     
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