Time to Have that Talk with Your Doctor!!!

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As a cancer survivor of stage 2B cervical cancer, I have several medical conditions including type 2 diabetes. Since I was diagnosed, I have learned how important it is to take your medicine as prescribed. I am currently taking two types of medications in pill form and two types of insulin. One type of insulin, I take every time I eat something and the other I take before bedtime. Unfortunately, I have struggled in keeping my numbers down to the correct target range.

Therefore, I will be seeing an Endocrinologist or diabetes specialist, as well as learning what I can and cannot eat. I know that more exercise and portion control will help me lower my sugar level. Sometimes, I will feel shaky and sweaty, if my sugar is too low or too high. I usually test my sugar and act according to whatever my results are at the time. My other medicines make me sleepy, so I tend to take a nap every day.

Once I was given insulin, I placed a note on my mini-refrigerator to remind myself to take all of my medications. Additionally, I set alarms on my cell phone to remind me when to eat and take my insulin. However, this month, I plan to discuss all of my medications with my doctor and see if I am still on the right medications to help me. Whenever, I am worried about my health, I visit WEBMD.com or I call my doctor right away.

Advice for Diabetics

A type 1 or type 2 diabetic will have many questions for the doctor, so be sure to write down any questions that come to your mind. Take the list of questions to the doctor with you, but remember to write down side effects you may feel from your medications. Then, make a request for your doctor to send you to a nutritionist. The nutritionist can help you learn portion sizes and ways to avoid temptations that you will have each day.

Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits that you may experience with the medication, which has been prescribed to you. Make sure that you fully understand what your doctor is saying to you and ask about any drug reactions. Ask about drug reactions with over-the-counter medicines as well, like cough syrup or headache pills. This way, you avoid any unwanted reactions that can make you very sick or even kill you.