One of the most important things to stay on top on as a diabetic is your doctor appointments. We all have different ailments caused by diabetes, and sometimes it can get overwhelming.
In my case I have a foot doctor due my toe amputations. I have an eye doctor which I have to give laser treatments and shots to the eyes to continue to have stable vision.I have a kidney doctor to monitor my kidney function. I have a cardiologist to monitor my blood pressure and heart functions. I of course have a diabetic doctor to oversee all my diabetic concerns, and help me maintain a healthy A1C.
All these appointments can get overwhelming sometimes, but I have remained organized with them all since being diagnosed.
The main thing is to always ask for a appointment card after each visit for the next visit. Provide a working email address, and contact information. Request reminders via email, and if your associated hospital has a patient portal, sign up for that as well.
The patient portal will keep track of your appointments for your doctors, and have health history information.
The other important thing is to keep track of your blood work through an online portal through your lab. This is helpful to monitor your progress and help you ask the appropriate questions to your doctors.
The worse thing to do is to assume if just take your meds, it’s ok to postpone your appointments. I have friends that are diabetics with this mindset, and they struggling with their A1C.
Do your own research online on how to read your bloodwork results and write down any questions you may have for your doctors.
If you wear specific diabetic shoes, as I do, keep up with your care of the shoes by changing your insoles at the right time, and informing your doctor of any redness or pain caused by your shoes.
I know it’s alot to think about on any given day, but it can give you a fighting chance against diabetes.
Stay safe and healthy!