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
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
By GINA KOLATA
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.