Okay, so this week has been a bit crazy where Diabetes is concerned. Lily had an appointment at a clinic this week. Although we go to Vanderbilt, it’s not convenient and it’s VERY expensive for those without insurance (like us)…so I found a local clinic that will do her bloodwork at a very low price. It’s right around the corner which is a bonus.
First of all, the doctor we met with asked about her last A1C, which is 7.4. He started telling her that for her long term health, she needed to get it down. I agree, and we are working on that. I explained to him that we just started using baking soda for the dawn effect. He shook his head, looked at me like I was completely wacko, and said “what?”…so I explained again, and he stated that it was not within his realm of diabetes education that baking soda has any effect on blood sugars. I explained that every time she took the baking soda before bed, she woke up below 200….but when she didn’t, she went over 200. This seemed to irk him and he got a bit curt with me. He told me he was not there to debate theories with me and that we should move on with the exam. Okay. Whatever. Lily was a little upset and I told her it was fine. I explained to her later that it was not that he was trying to be rude to me personally, but that he just didn’t know a whole lot about how to control blood sugars. I also explained that when people like doctors (who have much more education than myself) are challenged, they tend to react in a defensive manner and usually want to avoid a subject that may expose their ignorance on any given subject.
Moving on. He began to explain to Lily what may await her if she didn’t get her blood sugars in control. This made her cry and he felt like a heel. He suggested we get her eyes checked, which we are going to do this month. He is going to run blood panels and check her kidney function, etc…which is really all I wanted from him in the first place. The good thing? My daughter is learning that there will be opposition in this world…it’s important to handle it correctly.
So moving on to the school nurse. Lily told her that she went to a new doctor. The nurse informed her that she shouldn’t go to a bunch of different doctors. First of all, I’m not sure why she feels the need to put in her two cents. Second of all, she does not live my life or raise my child, and really has no place to speak of what we are doing. My daughter is going to her endo, seeing her D.O. and going to a local clinic for bloodwork. But no matter what I do, it seems someone is interested in interjecting their negative opinions…so I now expect it and blow it off. I simply do not care. The nurse went on to tell Lily that her A1C was fine at 7.4…she even read it in a book. Mind you, this is the same nurse who told Lily that she didn’t have to subtract fiber from carbs before taking a shot (something Vanderbilt recommends and that I also found in a book called “Think Like a Pancreas”. This is the same nurse that tells my daughter that she should eat first, then take her shot…something her Vandy doctor disagrees with. She’s 15, not three. Then she told Lily that if she started to take a shot before she eats, she needs doctor’s orders. What the heck? Okay…whatever. So Lily goes on to tell her that this summer, she plans on eating raw and juicing. This irritated the nurse apparently who made the snide remark “don’t call me when you end up sick in the hospital”….Oh joy, more opposition. I just told Lily not to worry…that everyone has their own opinion and that she has to do what is right for her, not just what the nurse believes to be true. What bugs me most is that I know if I brought in a cake or donuts for my daughter, this nurse would not say one negative thing about it. What ever happened to nutrition and long term health?? Oh well…I’m not gonna fight it. I am lucky enough to have a kid who has her head on straight and knows how to take care of herself. She is not perfect, but she is trying to take control of this stupid diabetes thing, and I am here to support her 100%. We just have to move forward and know that the proof is in the numbers.
Just thought I’d share, and also say thank you to you all for giving me so much wisdom and support!