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Does anyone else just give a blank stare when asked this by a doctor? It's usually not my endo, but the ophthalmologist or GP asking. If that question were easy to answer, I probably wouldn't have diabetes. I can tell you my latest A1c, my last blood sugar level, or give you a log from the last few weeks. But how do you expect me to sum up the ups and downs of diabetes in a sentence?

Do you want my sugar when I wake up in the morning? When I go to sleep? When I underestimate the amount of food I ate or overestimate? When I estimate just right, but have an infection? When I'm having my period? When I'm working or during the weekend? When I'm stressed? When I'm relaxed? When I've been gardening? What answer are they expecting me to give?

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Been there many times. :-) I just want to answer "three".

As in Homer Simpson when he said "How come I have three kids and no money? I liked it better when I had no kids and three money".
There are nine equates for contented living.
Health enough to make work pleasure
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength enough to battle with difficulties
and forsake them
Grace enough to confess your sins and over come
Patience enough to toil until some good is
Charity enough to see some good in your

Love enough to move you to be useful
and helpfull to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of GOD.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears
concerning the future.
Very beautiful, Qayoom! Where did these words come from?
I simply choose to interpret their question as looking for either "controlled" or "uncontrolled" and nothing else. On the other hand, when I go to more holistic practitioners (Chiropracters, Naturopaths, Acupuncturists, etc) they tend to want more detail about trends and such--even if they aren't well versed with the endless ins-and-outs of diabetes. Those practitioners tend to try to learn, whereas the others seem to just want to gauge if I'm in control, and if not how that might affect their corner of the medical world.

If I'm not sure what they want I'll ask them, "Do you want the real details, or a broad glimpse?" and let them make that call. We can spend days describing "how my blood sugar is!"
I don't think I could easily answer "controlled" or "uncontrolled" either. It's not a clear distinction. I test my blood sugar several times a day, count my carbs, see the endo four times a year, the eye doc, the dentist, get my feet checked. But how often do my blood sugars have to be in range before I can claim my diabetes is "controlled".

My answer to this one is "I have diabetes. How do you think my blood sugar is?" It's cynical, I know, but a doctor should know better than to ask the question that way.

At my last appt, the nurse was asking "standard" screening questions.

Nurse: "Do you have trouble with high or low blood sugars?"
Me: "You do realize I am a type 1 diabetic, right?"

Nurse: "Yes, but these are just some standard questions. Now which do you have trouble with, low or high?"
Me: "Yes"
ha! Hilarious, and yet, so true. I wish all my doctors were type 1s as well. Just imagine how smooth that conversation would be!
Haha. This is now going to be my scripted answer. Thank you Scott!
I love your post! I too, find it frustrating to get jut 15 minutes with my doctor who freaks out about any 1 extreme high or low. Even if the rest of my numbers are stellar, she thinks those few "off" readings mean I need an entire adjustment to my regime. It's like she has no exceptions. I find myself bringing in notes for the past two weeks, so that I can defend the reasons for those off numbers and let her know I am in control, but sometimes life just happens. I have a really hard time getting my doctor to understand that even if I'm eating consistent, working out consistent, and am taking the right amount of insulin, that sometimes an odd number is just part of the game. Frustrating.
I'm very fond of my primary care doc and when he asked about lows I just told him it was inevitable with Type 1. He was actually satisfied with the answer and I think he was trying to gauge how I felt about my control more than anything.

That's nice your doctor is a bit more understanding. Mine absolutely freaks if I have one reading at 50 mg/dl. I've been seeing her for years, and am convinced she'd rather I sit in the high 100s all the time just to avoid going "too low." When I tell her I might have some lows here and there because I prefer tighter control to avoid long-term disabilities from diabetes, it falls on deaf ears. I would love some credit once in awhile rather than the resistance I always receive. I have had type 1 for 22 years now and have never been hospitalized nor had any major reactions or emergencies because of my diabetes. When I ask her what an acceptable number of lows is, she has no answer. I get it, she sees some crazy stuff, but it does get tiresome and I do dread my appointments. Now days I just nod and say, okay, I will try that, and then just go home and do my own thing.




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