I have a high school friend who was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last week. I let him know everything would be ok. He said he knew it would be but he know he doesn’t want to end up like his father, who died from complications from diabetes. I told him diabetes isn’t a death sentence, you just have to take care of yourself. He had his first appointment today.
I sent my friend a text message to see how his appointment went. The appointment went good. The Doc gave him med’s and he is going to make an appointment to the endocrinologist I recommended. My next question was “What meter did your Doc give you?”. He text back. “He didn’t give me one.” I couldn’t believe what I just read. Why would someone give a newly diagnosed diabetic medication without a meter? Is his Doc stuck on stupid; he must be. The Doc is sending the wrong message–“It’s ok to take your medication but don’t test your blood sugar.” I don’t get it.
I told my friend to continue to watch what he eats, until he get’s his meter. If he had any questions I will be willing to help as much as I could. OMG! I am upset right now. I bet his Doc doesn’t practice– Patient First. What a shame! I am so upset right now. I don’t get it. I know his Doc has plenty of meter’s to give out to newly diagnosed diabetic’s. Maybe I’m wrong?