I’m heading to my endo tomorrow morning for my six month checkup. I hate going to see him. I am in control and my A1Cs have always been lower than 7, but I still get very anxious and nervous about going. Having diabetes for 18 years, I’m always dreading getting the lab results that shows something terrible. I always think, is this the time I find out my kidneys are starting to stop working? Will this be the time when I learn I have nerve problems or eye problems? I was just recently diagnosed with gastroparesis, another lovely complication of this disease, so now I get even MORE worried. I already have white coat syndrome. Everytime I go to a doc, whehter it’s my endo or my family (who I played softball with for three years), I get so nervous, my blood pressure is usually high. THen I have to explain to the nurses that I have a doctor phobia and that I check my BP at home and it is fine there. I absolutely DREAD going to the endo? Does anybody else out there have these worries? Does anyone have any suggestions to ease this stress?
The Cubbies finally won a game today!!
I can't say I have that problem, but GO CUBS!!!
My blood pressure at my last lab test outing, provided by my employer (much appreciated) was 140 over 92 because I was so freaked out about how many people were there, feeling like cattle, afraid of seeing someone I knew and didn't want them to find out I have diabetes, and just general fear and loathing of doctors. When I check my blood pressure at home or work I am often 110 over 70 with a pulse between 47 and 57 beats a minute(I am and avid cyclist, mountain biker). I understand where you are coming from and wish someone would share some helpful tips on relaxing at the docs office, I am only newly diagnosed at hate to see from your perspective that after 18 years it is still a phenomanon that your blood pressure sky rockets, I was hoping that It would get better/easier with time. The one time that I had good results I laid my head in my hands in the waiting room and just tried to drift off to sleep, ignoring as much as I could around me, this helped but I have not been able to repeat this, my wife was not with me on this visit(wow I just had an epiphany perhaps I can ask her to give me a break in the waiting room to clear my head). I hope that all goes well with you.
My experience says don't get in an argument / screaming match with the billing lady before you go back or else your bp will be very high.
Go Cardinals! (I had to say that)