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    Diabetic Son-in-law
    Admom posted:
    Our new son-in-law was recently diagnosed with Diabetes and Barrett's Disease. He took the news well and is determined to do whatever is necessary to turn his health around. He went back to his doctor today, accompanied by his wife, for the first follow-up since his diagnosis and prescribed medication.
    His sugar has gone from 386 to just over 200 in less than a month, but he is suffering from nausea and extreme fatigue. The doctor did NOT want his wife in the room, not due to HIPPA, etc but "because the rooms were to small". She insisted and after much discord, was allowed in. She is his advocate and will be his partner in this daily lifestyle. I couldn't believe the doctor didn't insist she be there... Also, the doctor didn't change anything or discuss the next visit. I think they need new doctor with a positive/team attitude.

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    davedsel57 responded:

    Definitely a new doctor is in order. A blood glucose reading of 200 is still much too high. Your son-in-law needs a doctor that will work with him to control his diseases, and allow his wife to be present at examinations. Spousal support is very important in all areas, but especially when one partner has a chronic condition.

    Good luck.
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    auriga1 responded:
    I say new doctor is in order. That is bizarre that this doc didn't want his lifemate with him. If he wants his wife there, she should be there. No holds barred.

    This is has nothing to do with diabetes, but I took my daughter to the doctor for an anxiety disorder just a few months back. She was 20 at the time. I asked her if she wanted me to come in and she said no. I respected that.

    Low and behold, she came back out about 10 minutes later and said the doc wanted to see me. Went into the exam room and he explained everything to me that he told her. I was amazed at the compassion and caring. He wanted all involved in her healthcare and to understand what is going on. I LOVE this doctor. I did say my daugher was 20. He has been her doctor since she was five hours old. The man is wonderful!

    It may be me, but I don't like this doctor's attitude. Obviously, you don't either, since you posted here.

    If they desire a change, let them do it if it's possible. I would say don't "push and shove" but let them make their own decision. You can voice your opinion in a positive manner and leave it at that.

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