1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2019 »
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Telling off for self testing

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

  1. secundaw

    secundaw Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    142
    Trophy Points:
    73
    I was given a meter and all the gear fron the diabetic doctor but when I went to see my own GP he said I didn't need to. I carried testing and getting repeat prescriptions for the testing strips, but have now been told that I will not get any more. I did test regularly when first diagnosed but then eased off and only tested when I felt a bit of,sometimes my sugars were 3.3 if I hadn't tested I would of thought I was just poorly.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  2. AtkinsMo

    AtkinsMo Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    588
    Likes Received:
    705
    Trophy Points:
    153
    I only test my blood periodically at random different times and states of eating / fasting, because I always consistently eat very low carb. So in effect I don’t have to demonstrate to myself which foods cause blood glucose spikes because nothing I eat or drink does.

    Your DN is not worth wasting your time on. She is uninformed and uneducated. Next time you see her make your first question,

    “Have I succeeded in reversing my diabetes?”

    And your second

    “What percentage of your patients, following your advice, achieve this?”

    We really need to challenge these dinosaurs, they are harming people irreversibly!

    And of course you must get a full copy of this year’s and last years blood test results then you can see for yourself how well you are doing!
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
    • Like Like x 2
  3. Keith_Simpson

    Keith_Simpson Type 2 · Active Member

    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    23
    They don't prescribe testing equipment or test strips to Type 2 patients because of the cost involved to the NHS; only when you use insulin do they encoursge testing because of the risk of hypos but even then test strips are rationed. They rely on their Hba1c test which gives an indication of average glucose levels but this provides no information to you regarding what you are doing right or what you are doing wrong. Self testing is the only way to know what you are doing right & what you are doing wrong. The logic is inescapable & anyone suggesting it is a waste of time needs to have this logic explained to them very carefully.
     
    • Agree Agree x 5
  4. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,038
    Likes Received:
    1,164
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Well done on getting great numbers. However, I’m afraid I agree with the the gp. You do still have diabetes. You have controlled it by lifestyle as opposed to drugs. You have managed it or put it in remission. But have you cured it? I’d say unlikely. If you stopped your interventions your numbers would almost certainly climb again. If you got normal numbers with drugs would you considered yourself cured? Semantics possibly but if you are labelled cured then no annual checks for eyes and feet. No regular hb1ac to make sure you haven’t slipped or deteriorated. I’m pretty sure drs have an in remission label they can apply as opposed to resolved (cured).
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  5. Ponchu

    Ponchu · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    173
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Non diabetics are using meters to lose weight and avoid diabetes.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  6. Ponchu

    Ponchu · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    173
    Trophy Points:
    43
    “A” as in arrogant?

    The experts know it all & crave control.
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  7. Verybusy

    Verybusy · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    My DN and doctor said that their is not need to check blood unless you are constantly low!
     
    • Hug Hug x 1
  8. Pinkorchid

    Pinkorchid Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,830
    Likes Received:
    1,927
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Why tell the nurse it is up to you if you test as you are funding it yourself make no difference to them.. I have never told my nurse I test and we do not even talk about diet she is just happy with my results
     
  9. rayles

    rayles Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    43
    It's your blood test and it's you that have diabetes allegedly,how can they not give you your results ? I feel a complaint coming on ,starting at the head of surgery,manager,senior partner and if no help there take it up the chain . The DN needs some retraining . Don't let them bully you bureaucratically
     
  10. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    605
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Without self testing how would we know?
     
    • Winner Winner x 3
    • Agree Agree x 2
  11. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    605
    Trophy Points:
    133
    My hba1c is back & it was 46, I was diagnosed in September with result of 48. Decembers result was also 46. I will have a copy by Friday & will post them on here.
    I have been told that I will have hba1c annually now
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  12. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

    Messages:
    24,290
    Likes Received:
    30,144
    Trophy Points:
    298
    Modern meters are calibrated to convert the capillary blood to plasma readings.

    All we are looking for are trends. Sticking to one meter with a second meter for emergencies only will show these trends over a period of time. Inaccuracies will even out - swings and roundabouts.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
  13. egontoast

    egontoast Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Every 3 months, twice a year at surgery, and twice a year at hospital.
     
    • Winner Winner x 2
  14. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

    Messages:
    8,310
    Likes Received:
    18,834
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Mine is now annually.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  15. Pasha

    Pasha Prediabetes · Expert

    Messages:
    7,893
    Likes Received:
    11,927
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Same here,annually.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  16. jjraak

    jjraak Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,347
    Likes Received:
    3,468
    Trophy Points:
    178
    And that in itself is a sad indictment of the system

    Not berating you @Pinkorchid, fully understand the reasons, just sad we have to duck and dive like this

    Shouldn't it be an honest exchange of information, with the goal to maintain what good health we have, if not improve it., Rather then one side constantly trying to prove a point.

    Has it really come to the stage where many fear to discuss openly their concerns, and coping mechanisms, for dealing with our particular disease , with those who we SHOULD be able to trust .
     
    • Agree Agree x 4
  17. keefidee

    keefidee Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    937
    Trophy Points:
    153
    And how you you know if you are constantly low..........? Test?
     
  18. OrsonKartt

    OrsonKartt Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    963
    Likes Received:
    4,634
    Trophy Points:
    158
    I was thinking T as in rymes with cat
     
  19. Ricky

    Ricky Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    118
    Trophy Points:
    83
    [QUOTE="
    Am I wrong for testing my blood ?[/QUOTE]

    You keep at it as this is the way that I have been controlling on diet and exercise for 17 years!! It is the way I found out the most weird things e.g. that the sweetener in many no sugar products called Malitol spikes my blood sugar ( a non sugar Halva with only malitol told me that ) and that for some unknown reason I can get away with Udon noodles (but can't go near rice). Everyone of us is different and you must test different possibly suspect products so you can find what you can get away with. Presumably you are on a low carb/low GI diet to keep your Blood sugar down anyway.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. Beebeelady

    Beebeelady · Active Member

    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    23
    The same thing happened to me. I am prediabetic, and determined not to become diabetic if I can avoid it by making lifestyle changes. I went to see a locum GP some time ago, who reacted the same way towards me.Told me angrily that I should never test my blood sugar levels and talked to me as if I were a stupid child. I am 65. I was deeply upset. Then I ignored her.
    Now I do my own thing, test my blood if I want to, follow a low carb diet, and excercise a lot.
    No health professional should ever make you feel so bad and dis empowered.
    Carry on looking after yourself as the nurse is not looking after you. Have confidence in what you are doing!
     
    • Winner Winner x 3
    • Hug Hug x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook