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I also send best wishes .... And don't forget to let us know how the appointment goes.....

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Thank you all for the great information. The 1st appointment I could get with the endo is May 16th (yes, May). The told me an appointment must have opened up because the day before the 1st appointment wasn't until August. I took it!

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I had a low last week and it almost scared me to death. I felt like I would die. I will have to have more faith. I knew what to do. glucose tabs please I can not handle candy. I'll crave it for the rest of the day. Probably a mind thing but it is what it is.

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Mary, I just realized you posted the same time as me, lol

Yes, family and room mates should always know what to look for....

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I agree with those symptoms. I also start to shake. My family knows what to look for now. If you have family or roommates, teach them what to look for as well.

I am laughing at the comment that you were afraid of needles but now they have the pens. I used to be terrified of needles, and to me the pen is still a needle, just not as big..... but as said before, you do what you have to do.

Stay strong my friend. Best wishes to you on your visit to the endo. Let us know how it goes.

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one more suggestion here that the endo gave me keep it by your bedside and in your rse a how to note..sometimes we get really panicky..we all do and it is a natural body reponse to lows keep a note take blood sugar...pop the glucose or juice and wait remember 15 minutes..there are times when it isn't enough and you gotta take more because your brain really does scream at you and you get out of control..those are the times when you take a few more (and i have eaten a bowl of ice cream and that adds protein in there also andyou do just ABOUT ANYTHING to get through those 15 minutes) i have been known to eat 1/2 a bottle (yep 25) i usuallyfind my blood sugars slightly ok sometimes really inflated afterwards up in the two hundreds the deal there is to drink more water lots of it this happens to me as i live alone..if you have family make sure they understand what is happening and that they take care of you it's nothing to be afraid of unless you don't get notice but nearly everyone does if they pay attention
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2/24/12 6:07 P

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Thank you. I watched my mother not respond to lows so many times. We'd find her in bed and not very responsive and would give her a piece of peppermint candy. This was many years ago. Its comforting to read that you both know when you have a low. emoticon

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godzdesign gave you the symptoms and they are pretty widely accurate..don't be afraid of them..they give you notice and even when you are asleep generally your body wakes you up and not only do you have to treat the low sugar (juice, glucose tabs .5.98 bottle of 50 walmart) remember that it takes 15 minutes to catch up again and in that 15 minutes you won't die but your brain will scream mercy mercy food baby gimme gimme..and when you got it all done you will take a shower and put on dry clothes and strip the bed and install dry sheets..one mmore thing to laugh about..it won't happen often if you pay close attention to what you are eating and exercise..sometimes it still happens but BE PREPARED ask about being ready for the occasion expecially in you pocketbook and beside asnd you are right about the needles as you may have to wear glasses to see it you got it in
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Best wishes. One of my new meds causes lows and I hate them too. At times I hate it but you do what you have to. For my lows...I know when they are coming on I feel as if I will faint, My heart pounds, and I start sweating. But everyone is different. As far as sleeping I have never had a low when sleeping. I am not on insulin yet...So far my numbers in the morning are coming down. The rest of th day is ok as long asI don't over do it. My new dr mentioned insulin that used to be a curse word to me...not any more if it comes to living or dying or having complication give me insulin. Still fighting the fight of faith.

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2/23/12 7:38 P

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Made an appointment with an endo. May 16th is the 1st available date. I'm trying to get my nerve up to discuss the "I" word with her. My GP told me that I will be facing insulin in the near future. I am terrified of the lows. My oral meds do not have bs lows as side effects. How do you know you have a bs low? What happens if you are sleeping and your bs is low, low, low?

I too was afraid of the needle, but now they have pens which can not be any worse than the finger sticks (I hope).

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hey my first month with needles it took me 30 minutes to an hour to talk myself into doing it..lol and those needles are so small i have to put my glasses on to make sure they went in lol..from tears to yeehaws!!!! the lady mary

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I guess when time comes the fear of needles will fade in distant memories. emoticon For me it may be faint, vomit and end up being just fine with the needles. emoticon This disease sure don't play fair at times. Just roll with the punches. emoticon

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I agree. I fought, begged and cajolled my doc not to put me on insulin. But now that I am there, I wish I had listened to her and given in earlier. Insulin is so much easier than oral meds........

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Sometimes in the states, hospitals have free diabetic education classes--and it's worth doing all that again if it's been a while. There's new research, new ways of measuring progress... check it out!

Don't be afraid to start on insulin. It's actually healthier for you than any of the oral meds... fewer side effects, and easier adjustment of dosages. It just takes a little time to get used to is all.

I was leary too... until I actually did it. Now? I wouldn't go back to oral meds for ANYTHING!

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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all endos are good for diabetes diabetes is a product of metabolic disease which all endos specialize in..a rare few in the diabetes but they can treat everyone you can be assured by asking that that is so..the endos treat metabolic disorders which diabetes is one of the biggest
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and down the shute.

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Thank you all! It is amazing how care and docs can differ so much. It would be difficult for me if I had an insensitive doc or one that is threatened by self education.

I have seen a diabetic educator, diabetic nutritionist and diabetic nurse, but that was when I first was diagnosed with this disease. Wonder if a visit there would be helpful.

Does anyone know the difference between an endo and an endo with diabetes and metabolic specialty? There are a few endo's on my plan in my area; only one endo with the specialty.



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I used to live in a province where I had a GP, and endo, an opthomologist, a retinoligist, and a cardiologist. Then I moved to a different province, and it took forever to find a GP willing to take on a new patient. I was going to the medi-centres, and was referred to an optho, but I had to beg to see a retinoligist here and was chastised for it..... In fact, the other day when I went to the optho, I was told (but not in so many word) that I was to see an optomistrist for my every day care from now on.... In other words, he did not want to see me again. But an optomoligist is not a specialist and not versed in diabetes care, so now I have to find a new optho.

They don't seem to have endo's here for daily diabetes management either, but they do have something called a diabetologist. My G{ semt me to him and I was so upset with him and his insensitivity and lack of "bedside" manners that I told my GP I would not go back to him.

I feel the level of care for diabetics in this province is sub standard to others provinces. Prevention of complications should be key, but is not.

Last year I changed GP's (to my sister's doc) and this new guy has a nurse who deals with specific patient care (in my case, diabetes). She has helped me get a subsidy for my insulin, and other information she feels may be useful to me and my situation. She can't order blood tests, or write prescriptions, but because she works out of the same office, she communicates with the doc and has access to my test results. I have been much better in getting back under control since seeing her.

On a couple of occasions, my new doc has sent my med list and results to a pharmacist who has made reccomendations for my treatment(s) Doc is not an expert in all things, but he has access to others and uses that access for the best care he can give me. I wish I had found him years ago, The only thing I don't like is that he works in a nearby town and it is not accessable by bus, so I have to rely on my BIL to take me there.

So I guess what I am saying that it is all dependant on where you live, what kind of services are available to you. If you have an endo in your area, and you have insurance, certainly get that referal. If not, find someone you can be comforatable with, be it GP or diabetic nurse, or whatever. Phone around first and ask questions. Like how much experience he/she has with diabetes? What kind of support can his office provide? Will he provide referals for endo, a nutritionist who has experienceand training in diabetes management, a Diabetes Educator, a Diabetes Nurse, etc?

You need to be able to communicate with them, just as he/she needs to be able to communicate with you. It is a 2 way street.

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personally i have an endo and the difference between the endo and general is enormous..he referred me to my primary care (an internist) the opthalmologist for diabetic eyes andthe nephrologist for kidneys and i see the endo every three months..that's how often you should be having those a1c and those diabetic checkups..a year is way too long to not be seen when you are diabetic every day and for the rest of your life..i even see the nephrologist every three months and there's a big watch on my kidney function for sure..i haven't seen the internist primary care for awhile..she is on the computer with them and she gets all the results of everyone else seeing me including the cardiologist..diabetes needs someone who knows EXACTLY what is going one and doesn't play games with let's try this and let's try that..you deserve that care for sure
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

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This is a very timely topic for me too. When I was diagnosed over 10 years ago, I went to an internist, dietition, diabetic counselor, the whole program. After I got it under control, I let my internist manage everything.

Then I moved to another state, felt that I was under control, and just let my GP handle all my health care, more or less. But for the past couple of years, I've gone from controlling with diet and exercise to having to use pills. Now my HbA1C is up, the GP says that if I can't control it I'll have to begin insulin, and I'm terrified.

I have my first appointment with an endocrinologist coming up Feb. 22. Any good suggestions on what I should expect from the visit, and what questions I should be asking? Thanks. -- Claudia

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I feel dr is fed up he is quirky anyway. He has his staff afraid of him. I am fed up with his care for my diabetes. He is awesome with my asthma care. I have not had any problems with that. If I did I would find another pulmonary specialist. I do not think he likes me educating myself abut diabetes. To bad I will keep learning all I can about his beast. Monday will be a new beginning and I am looking forward to it. My hubbie has been on me to drop him like a bad habit.

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I really like my Internist, he listens, does everything, takes things serious, checks feet, makes sure I go to the podatrist reguularly. I guess it all depends on you and your relationship with the doctor.

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yes it works both ways... i had a great gp years ago.. but lost him due to no insurance.. and my first endo was not any better... i have a great set of docs now... my new gp is also female
its what is best for you... for years no one had checked my feet... now my endo checks them every visit.... so what ever works for you is the best treatment..

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Wow what a timely question. I just made an appointment to see a GP. For the time being seeing a dr for my asthma. Appointment monday for the GP. I am tired to my specialist not listening and other things. I think he just does not get it. I too am scared of complications. Saw my mil die from complications. The next gp is female. I requested it. heard good things about her. If I need further I can ask for a referral to see endo. But being I have a phobia of distance driving I am praying that things will workout for my good while seeing her. emoticon

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saw this post last night.... just had to respond... i switched when i got tired of my old gp telling me that my A1c was too high... you need to get things under control.. i will see you in 3mos...
well after a few years of hearing that in went to endocrinologist... didn't like the first one... but the one i have now is great... my A1c stayed between 11-12.... i have slowly gotten it down to 7.2.... education classes and fully explained the use of my insulin..
if you are not totally satisfied then go to a specialist.. your insurance should cover it... just some may require a referral note... aetna and bcbs do not require one..... not promoting any one insurance... just saying from experience.. it did me a world of good... and the gp i am seeing now... is tied into my endo's office... they can bring up anything from each other by computer..



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I assume you've had lab work done already. Ask the Dr. to go over the results so you understand what they mean.

I agree with you that the complications of diabetes scare me, too! So, I would ask for a referral to a diabetic educator to learn all you can about this disease and how to care for yourself. Taht's your best weapon of defense!!

Make sure what level of exercise you are safe to do. And then get busy. Nutrition and exercise are the most important ways to control your diabetes . . . THEN any necessary meds.

I would want to know my FBS, my A1C, and go over all your lipid values (LDH, HDH, cholesterol). Especially if you have any thyroid co-morbidity.

You definitely do want to have your vit. D3 checked if you haven't already. I had no idea I was deficient. But, I learned shortly after being told to supplement my D3 that diabetes can cause our bodies to be depleted of D3. And if you wear sunscreen (which is the HEALTHY thing to do) you're body is not absorbing the vit. D from the sunshine. One solution: get some sunshine for 10 minutes before applying sunscreen. But definitely DO use sunscreen.



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Thank you all! Tomorrow I see my GP. Will ask about a referral to an endo. Wondering if anyone would mind sharing the types of questions that are important to ask? Don't want to miss anything. emoticon emoticon

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When I went to my GP and told him I wanted more information he referred me to the Endocrinologist. He was the one to check my levels of VitaminD and a number of other tests that were helpful. I just asked and he answered. It is our body and if you ask about it he might refer you. In our area Endocrinologists will only see a new patient with a referral.

I hope it works for you it did for me. I did call the endo office back and was told it was a one time referral and if the GP wanted me to go back again I was an established patient but still the second referral which have never needed was in place. Pat in Maine.

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Hi . I agree with if the insurance pays for this then go . I think i will go also . I am not getting anywhere as i stand. just left doctor office . in our area we have another doctor Endo in the local hospital .

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good Q!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon the possible complications scare the crap out of me too! fortunately, we have so much more information, understanding and therapies to deal with it now that we can make a huge difference in our health.... that gives me some hope I can hold onto... (hugs :)

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I would agree w/VALERIE. I do have my GP for routine stuff, but I see my endo once/yr or as needed. I do also have Hashimotos thyroiditis.

The main point is that, as VALERIE pointed out, an endo would have more specific education in handling the diabetes.

Good luck.

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Sounds like you're type 2?

My opinion is that if your insurance will cover seeing an endo, why not? Knowledge is power and an endo has had more study in the field of diabetes than a GP.



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Still on oral meds. My FBS and A1C were both ok last blood test. My insulin production in very limited though. Going to see Dr. tomorrow. When did you switch to an endocrinologist with a diabetes specialty? Yes, I am scared of this disease.

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