My Physician

My primary care doctor is an ARNP. She’s great, stays up to date about Diabetes. Doesn’t yell at me, she is very good at gentle persuasion.

On Monday as I read the Diabetes Articles in the New York Times, I again found myself thinking how lucky I am to have her as my partner/team/whatever, as I deal w/ Diabetes. So I wrote her a note, to tell her so.

Below is my note – and her reply.

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2007 6:47 AM

Hi _______,

Hmmm, so I’m sitting here this morning reading an article about Diabetes in the NYT, and feeling quite pleased w/ myself that YOU are my physician.

The article is:

August 20, 2007 Six Killers Diabetes: Looking Past Blood Sugar to Survive With Diabetes
Largely because of a misunderstanding of the proper treatment, most diabetes patients are not doing what they should to protect themselves.

A paragraph –

In part, the fault for the missed opportunities to prevent complications and deaths lies with the medical system. Most people who have diabetes are treated by primary care doctors who had just a few hours of instruction on diabetes, while they were in medical school. Then the doctors typically spend just 10 minutes with diabetes patients, far too little for such a complex disease, specialists say.

It states in the article that too many patients w/ diabetes are unaware of the need to control BP and Cholesterol, and that most physicians are equally unaware.

You have stressed those needs to me from the beginning and have tested regularly.

You have taken the time to explain what I need to do (and why).

And so, thank you!


And her reply –

This made my day after returning from vacation!

Thanks for the kind words.

3 thoughts on “My Physician

  1. And I enjoy becoming more informed about diabetes. My husband has type 2, and we’re getting used to that. He has to give himself shots, and take Rx, plus the whole diet thing. I appreciated your comments about my blog. Thanks for visiting.

  2. I am glad you have such a great support partner for handling your diabetes. Keep up the positive attitude. Because of your blog about living with diabetes, I thought you might be interested in helping out the International Diabetes Federation with our campaign for World Diabetes Day.We are in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day ( on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year – Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there’s no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early. This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program – We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children. A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.The UN’s World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line and I will get back to you with more information. Many thanks,Stephanie Tanner

  3. Colleen: You are indeed lucky and I am happy for you!I want to take the opportunity to invite you to < HREF="" REL="nofollow">join<>. It’s a great community for people touched by diabetes. Bernard and many others in your blogroll are among our members.I look forward to seeing you there!

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