After so many years of diabetes I have gone through numerous doctors, I believe my count is at five. At times, I felt as if my doctors weren’t really listening, or caring. I felt like I was just a number on a chart that they glanced down at a second before they entered the room. Some would talk over me, tell me things they thought they knew about my body even though I am the one with the disease. I will admit, I am sure I was not the perfect patient either when I was younger. It was have been my perception of them.
Everything changed for me once I found my current enocrinologist Dr. Jacobs. My best friend is a social worker and was helping me find the best endocrinologist she could. I am forever grateful to her for that. At the time I was making the appointment, Dr Jacobs had a waiting list of about 7 months. My best friend was able to get me the appointment in 3 months. Let me tell you it was worth the three month wait.
I have had three appointments with Dr Jacobs to date. Every single one is better then the last. My last appointment she sat with me I would say over an hour. Answering every question I had. I have never had a doctor care so much. We have been able to work together and have dropped my A1c. An A1c is a test that basically measures how controlled a diabetics sugars and diabetes are. At one point in the past my a1c was 11.0. That result is absolutely horrible and it made me feel dreadful it was so high. I was searching out someone like Dr, Jacobs just for that reason. Me, my diabetes, my body were out of sync, and out of control. I needed help, and needed it fast.
Dr. Jacobs put me at ease and assured me it would all be ok, and I would need to put the work in. So lets just fast forward to my appointment this past Tuesday. I was nervous, upset, scared, afraid of what my blood work would show. I was concerned because the past three months have been so incredibly trying with all my current eye issues. To my surprise she ran the a1c right in the office and it had dropped from the last check up. I started crying because as much of a “failure” I felt like at times with this disease I am getting it, little by little. It means something to me. More then I realized.
Dr. Jacobs really has changed my life. Having someone that does not judge you is irreplaceable to me. We went over my other lab work and my kidneys are healthy and liver! Could not have gone better in that regard! My kidneys are leaking a little protein which means the kidneys are slightly strained, so I will be taking a low dose of lisinopril, which will clear that up!
Having this disease is full of highs and lows, just like our blood sugars :) Hang in there. Do the best you can. Take one day at a time. Be mindful of the stress you put on yourself. This is a extremely difficult disease to manage at times. Celebrate your victories no matter how small they seem. My victory was my A1c going down, despite my health the past 4 months. I actually cant wait for my next three month check up! I can not wait to push myself. and see what I am capable of. We can all do this! We got it!