Ok so as many post on this web site and many others that I have read over the past few months I think I have found 2 people that had a doctor that cared enough to really sit down with their patient and explain this "DIABETES" to them. I think I got the same 5 minute visit from a dietitian and 2 minute discussion from my Endo. While recovering from a scary case of DKA. I was in the Hospital for more than 20 minutes it would not have been a bad idea to bring me a video or stay in my room and explain a thing or two before sending me home to Carb Count, and bolus, and basal, and eat all the right foods. I didn't even know how to operate my meter because they took my blood sugars with a fancy hospital one the entire time. If they planned on giving me one then they should have done it at the begging and said OK we check then you check with your meter.Especially since (I know this is going to make me sound dumb but I don't care) I started reading the directions on how to use that fancy lancet device from Accu-Chek and accidentally broke the first one they gave me cause I missed the note that said "Don't turn the needle advance while the unit is charged and the little yellow button is highlighted" OOOOPSSSS.... by the way I love that lancet device now that I know how to use it. Very cool for my traveling I do so I don't have to carry the other style of single lancets around when out on the road.
It frustrates me to see that I was billed for "EDUCATION" during my stay.... uh HAHAHAHAHAHA.... I wish my college degree was so easy to get as my DIABETES degree. The only difference is one degree might KILL ME if I get the final test wrong. I was not offered any outside education courses or support group info and was totally in the dark about WHY my body shut down like it did. I just knew that I was now "Diabetic" and needed to start watching what I ate and do a bunch of math to figure out my insulin.
It seems that if you go to your primary care giver and they find you to be diabetic that yes, it will be a bit brief and they may suggest classes outside their office ( I was not even offered something like that cause I would have gone to it and Brought NOTE PAPER). But when you are in the hospital almost dieing from your condition I would think they would want to do a better job of keeping out of that same situation as best as they can.
In fact one of my nurses kind of scared me. I am not sure she REALLY knew what Diabetes was. Which sounds strange but she was really no help that day she was on shift. The other nurses where great for the day to day stuff. I just think there should have been MORE education given. My dietitian seriously talked to me about my new "diet" for about 5 minutes and then handed me some papers with more info and web sites to go read. OK I can read those. BUT WOW. At least help me use the equipment you are about to send me home with. I used syringes the entire time I was in the hospital and then sent home with some PEN thinggy..... OH BOY.
Sorry but I just got off another post that said the same things I am talking about. Now I am not asking for them to cram all the information into my head all in one day but at least help me use my new equipment and explain to me more than 5 minutes of diet and carb counting. Sorry for the rant but I didn't know any better then and now that I have more information under my belt it really is sad to see what I left not knowing that I really should have been told.
I would really like to change jobs and do diabetes education for hospitals with DKA patients in house. From what I read there are plenty out there and I live in the Houston area so I am sure I could hop around from Hospital to Hospital and keep busy. Anyway, Thanks TuD for the ability you provide for my current steam release.
I need a nap........