When it comes to my diabetes healthcare team, I am particularly fussy. I won’t settle for someone who won’t engage, provides me with generic advice or interrogates me on that one high BGL two months ago. I don’t spend hundreds of dollars to be guilt-tripped that I haven’t done enough for myself or to feel like a failure. That service has already been provided for free by yours truly. Each person obviously has different situations, which greatly affects what you want or need from your healthcare professional. But here’s what I expect from my diabetes healthcare team.
An expert opinion on matters affecting my health, enough for me to make my own informed decision.
At each appointment, I learn something new and go away feeling really good and positive about my diabetes management. I feel in control about the choices I make about my health. For a disease that largely associated with loss of control and negative outcomes, this becomes a really powerful motivator to keep trudging on.
Although I may be in healthcare myself, I won’t admit to knowing everything. My team has years of experience and wisdom under their belts that I could only aspire to have. Their guidance, support and knowledge are everything I need to keep track of my diabetes. Having a busy lifestyle and being immersed in the diabetes community makes it easy to lose track of my own health and start heading towards a burnout.
Even if my appointments consist of friendly chatter on the latest research or diabetes technology, I feel safer knowing that I have these amazing people watching out for me. Putting aside some time to sit down and focus on my diabetes with an expert opinion helps to put everything into perspective. What steps can I take to get things back on track if they have been neglected? What have I got to be proud of? (hint: no complications! woo!)
Mind you, it has taken a good few years to put my A-team together. But if I could give anyone a tip, it would be that if a doctor/healthcare professional isn’t working out for you, don’t be afraid to shop around. I know this may not be possible for everyone, particularly out in the rural and remote regions. So don’t burn your bridges so readily too. Everyone needs a chance to make changes.
After all, if I’m to put my health, and potentially my life, into someone else’s hand, I need to feel confident that they are up for job!