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Have you ever gone to the Dr and KNEW he didn't know what he was talking about...lol

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by lotsoftots, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Jessica L

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    Scary! I have had so many bad doctors I have given up at trusting any of them until they prove to me they are decent. I know docs are human too and make mistakes but when faced with one after another its depressing.
     
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    Thankfully our family doctor knows his limits and understands that we know better about how to react to a blood sugar issue than he does. I trust him with a lot of things but type 1 d advice, not so much....
     
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    do we have the same doctor? LOL! That reminds me of our family doctor who gave Ashleigh 10u of novolog on the day she was diagnosed. Her BS was 450, and he figured 10u would be a good amount to give her. I didn't question it because i knew nothing about insulin, and hey he was the doctor.

    I would have said something about 10u being to much if i was you. I'd hate for him to tell another parent that, and they listen to him.
     
  4. Charlotte'sMom

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    Who was the poster on here who's child went in for surgery and the surgeon pulled a number out of nowhere and said the child should get like 9 units of novolog before going under? It would have been a lethal dose and the mother flipped out on him. Who was that? I've never forgotten that story-- scared the daylights out of me!

    I definitely think it's important that as parents we can question the doctor giving D advice, especially when he's not an endo.

    I remember right after diagnosis I was told by someone that after a week we would know more about diabetes than most family doctors. And it's true. In order to give insulin dosing advice, you have to know SO MUCH about the patient and their insulin needs. And really, only parents and the endo know enough to be deciding how much insulin to give.
     
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    At one of our endo appts the doctor told us Ryan had a sinus infection. We asked him to write a script for antibiotics...and he refused. He said he didn't know anything about how to prescribe dosages for antibiotics.

    In the same way, your ped should NOT be giving D advice.
     
  6. blbrocky

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    I love this....... and what an eye opener this would be for the DR.
     
  7. Jessica L

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    How scary knowing what I know now then I would have gone along with it too.
     
  8. Lisa P.

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    The most confidence-inspiring statement a doctor (or a teacher, nurse, CDE, etc.) can make to me is, "I don't know that. I'll find out."

    A corollary would be that any doctor worth his salt would want to be corrected about a mistake this lethal. It's awkward, I know, but if this guy is really the great guy you say he'd want to know, he'll be grateful. Personally, I'd probably chicken out and just drop him a quick note with a little of the PP's math on it, a thanks for his great help over the years, and a few words about how you know as a great doctor he'd want to know how diabetes works for kids on the newer routines.
     
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    We changed peds right after dx. My husband took my daughter in for a flu shot, which she knew she was getting so she was on the higher side like 24?ish. The Dr. called me for something a few days later and was asking me if we always let her run high and I was so confused and said well of course not but why are you asking so she told me she was high (24? :rolleyes:) really wow while I don't like that number and would agressivly treat now we did not even correct until 250 at that time. Then mentioned her A1c was 7.3 I was happy with that since it had dropped almost a point from the month before when the endo checked it.
    At that time I politely told her we are working closely with our endo and they are our specialist for d and that she was giving me conflicting info and I would appreciate it if she was our primary and let the endo guide us on the d. It worked well I think atleast because she does not even talk to us about d, just asks dd how she is doing.

    Good luck but maybe just sweetly telling him his advice could have x,y reprecussions and that he should use extreme caution when recommending insulin dosing, if he chose to in the future.
     
  10. Alex's Dad

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    We have a story also, in our last visit to the ped, she was checking my daughter and found out she was diabetic, we told her, then she ask how is she doing etc. She went to say, so you check her BG 3 times a day right? we said no, 7 to 10 times a day, and we could see the horror in her face with the amount of checks, she just said, REALLY :eek:, we knew she had no idea about D, and laugh about it later, another thing that struck us was that no one seem to know that my daughter was diabetic, we keep telling each one of them, and they were , REALLY?:confused: I mean do they even read the kids charts?
     
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    Our Ped would never tell me how to dose insulin. He has told me before that I know way more than he does about dosing insulin, for the simple fact that I do it all day every day. If he thought we needed advice he would refer us to our endo, not do it himself.

    I think I would have said something about the 10unit recommendation....while you know better, another parent might not.
     
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    I have to say our family dr is excellent....he knows when to defer to a specialist. He would never give D advice to Alex.
     

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