- you write three different ways on the health information form that you have diabetes and the doctor still manages to miss seeing it until you remind him.
- the doctor asks you what your blood sugar was that morning and you reply 83, and he responds with surprise at how LOW that number is.
- he asks you if that 83 was your blood sugar before breakfast but then when you say yes he still asks you if you don’t eat any carbs at all to keep it that low (P.S. the answer is no, I just take insulin).
- while shining a light deep into the back of your eyeball with his face inches from your own, the doctor remarks how you are too young to be on insulin.
- you respond to the previous ignorant comment by saying that you have type 1 diabetes and that you have been on insulin since your diagnosis and that all the diet and exercise in the world is not going to make your pancreas start working again. And when he says, “Is that juvenile diabetes? So you were born with it?” you just agree because it is easier than explaining that you were diagnosed with “juvenile diabetes” as an adult.
- at the end of the appointment the doctor tells you everything looks good. You respond by saying, “as long as you don’t see any diabetes in my eyes” and he has to take a second look because he FORGOT to look for evidence of retinopathy. ALL CLEAR!
- the doctor doesn’t dilate your eyes because he could “see everything well enough” without doing it, and that will probably cause you to have a nagging twinge of worry until your next appointment even though your diabetes has been in good control for years and you have never had any evidence of any damage and even have a picture of your eye from your retinal screening at the Friends for Life conference in July.
I know I am not alone with the crazy stories of medical doctors who know shockingly little about diabetes, but this is near the top of my list for sheer number of ridiculous statements back to back.
P.S. Pictures of the new frames and sunglasses (a necessity in Florida) once they make it back from the lab. And if you want to read a story of a visit to an eye doctor you can trust, check out Jess’ post of her visit (yes we apparently do everything together).