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First Name
Carol

State/Province
GA

Country of Residence
United States of America

Health Interests
Healthy Aging, Heart and blood vessel disorders, Kidney and urinary tract disorders, Men's health issues, Women's health issues

Posts (339)

Wed, May 15 2:22pm · Does anyone find that a brand of shoes helps your foot neuropathy? in Neuropathy

@thomaslink Hi and come on in. This forum on neuropathy is filled with so many different types of problems from the bottom of the feet to other parts of the body. It seems there are pockets of pain in different places for different people. My feet sound like yours although I can wear socks and have to wear shoes because barefoot is worse for me. I have pain like walking on broken glass. I have tried several brands of shoes but as of yet I am not comfortable in any of them. I have worn Birkenstocks for decades, and though they don't soothe my feet, they are what I am used to. I wish I had an answer, but I don't. It doesn't seem that there are any answers. Has your doctor suggested anything that will help? Sometimes a podiatrist can suggest shoes; have you tried that?
I hope you can find something that will help. I hope we all can.
Carol

Sun, May 12 10:23am · Glucose Level of diabetics? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@contentandwell JK, you may be right. The dr. who did not take Medicare is in a group. Apparently none of them but one will take Medicare. My PCP is in a group, but I don't know how many of them take Medicare or if all do. They are private groups, not employees of the hospital (which is more like a clinic). I don't know what's going on, but I guess the doctors decide what they will or will not accept as payment.
Carol

Sat, May 11 1:56pm · Glucose Level of diabetics? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@dorisena I don't know. Maybe it's different in different states or areas. I know we check to see if doctors accept Medicare, and some do not and have that on their web sites. The only way to know is to call and ask Medicare.
Carol

Sat, May 11 1:07pm · Glucose Level of diabetics? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@sjzreb, @daviddd I read your posts concerning Medicare, and I wonder if it's the company or the doctor. I write this because I had an incident that causes me to think it's the doctors. I also have Medicare with a supplement. We have never had any problem with Medicare, but once when I needed to see an orthopedic surgeon. We usually check the web site to see what insurance a doctor accepts or call and ask, if it's not listed. Because the appointment with this surgeon was made by my PCP with that recommendation, I didn't check. I got to the appointment, gave them my insurance cards, and went back to the examining room. The nurse came in and I told her what was going on. I waited and doc never came in. Eventually, I went out to the first nurse I saw and asked how much longer. She told me he would not be in because HE did not accept Medicare. She said one of the doctors in the group did accept Medicare, and I could make an appointment with him. I was shocked! I cannot repeat what I told her to tell the surgeon, but I left and never went back. I looked him up on the web when I got home and sure enough it said he did not accept Medicare. So, maybe it's not the insurance but the doctor. I also see an endocrinologist and my A1C is below 6.0 and Medicare pays. Has anybody else had the problem with Medicare not paying?
Carol

Fri, May 10 8:43pm · Living Every Day Like It’s Her Last: Meet @lioness in About Connect: Who, What & Why

@lioness I'm so glad when others are brought into the Mentor fold. It is always comforting as we try to help others to have more friends to reach out to in a virtual way as we all hope we are giving the right responses. You bring such knowledge as a result of your career as a nurse. I am so proud of those who are compassionate and caring that they could be in the medical field. You have made your mark with your career and your help on Connect. Welcome!
Carol

Fri, May 10 4:06pm · Feeling full as a diabetic in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@dorisena One thing we have to decide is if we want to live healthy for as long as we can or just die. This change did not start with my Diabetes diagnosis; it started with my husband's heart problems. After four catherizations and a heart attack and surgery to replace arteries and the aorta, the cardiologist and the surgeon told me that the Southern menu had to change. As a teacher, I researched everything I could find about heart disease. I tailored the menus to what he could eat. He is a wonderful man and knew he had to do what was necessary to control his heart problems. Then five years later, Diabetes came knocking on my door. So more research and checking and changing menus. My husband wanted meat and potatoes, but he found out he was going to get baked, not fried, and not beef every night or even pork. Because he is very agreeable, he started eating foods he didn't think he liked. We planned together, and if we didn't like a particular veggie, we omitted it. He has learned to eat more vegetables, but I do give him meat at every lunch. For us, it just works because we work together to keep each other as healthy as possible. We have no other family so we have to take care of each other, and eating healthy food is one way to do it. I am sorry you lost your husband, but one thing I have learned is that you cannot make anyone do something they are determined not to do whether it's food or some other part of their lifestyle. Don't blame yourself; the choices were not yours. If you want to talk, you'll find me on the Diabetes forum. Thanks for sharing your story.
Carol

Fri, May 10 2:56pm · Feeling full as a diabetic in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Hello and welcome, @bulgebattler. This is a good topic to make us think about overeating. I found early on after i was diagnosed as having Diabetes 2 that diet was so important. In a complete lifestyle change from a Southern gal cooking Southern soul food, that rethinking almost everything was not easy. I don't like the idea of measuring 1/2 cup of this and one cup of something else. It was aggravating enough to cook foods a different way. So, I decided that my way was through portion control. To do this and make it easy, I bought some Rubbermaid divided food containers. They have one large section and two smaller sections. I usually have two leafy green vegetables, a different veggie (squash), and maybe beets or butter beans. That's it. I cook meat either chicken or a pork tenderloin and my husband has a meat and three veggies and I have four veggies. I try to stay away from meat except maybe once a week. In place of a leafy cooked veggie, we might have a salad. The sections in the dish are small, so there is no chance of overeating. That's my method to control what I eat. Knowing poirtions and eating only that is what we have for lunch. For supper we have a sandwich of some sort, and for breakfast just a piece of toast and coffee. I find this easy to do and I can cook for more that one day and store in my divided plates and be ready to go when it's lunch time—just heat and eat. I don't think this should be complicated, so I make it as simple as possible, and it works for my husband and me. I don't take any meds but have been able to control my diabetes through eating this way and exercising.
Does this sound like something you could do?
Carol

Thu, May 2 8:24am · Self in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Good morning @debbiehops and welcome to the Diabetes/Endocrine Group. I am glad you found us and hope we can help you get started managing your diabetic 2 diagnosis. I know it is a shock when we are told we have a disease and know little about it. I certainly was. So, we need help.
Mayo Connect is a wonderful place to get help from people who are in the same situation or have already been through it and are managing it. The questions @hopeful33250 asked are the first ones that we all need to know. I am also curious to know if your primary told you this? How did the doctor explain he/she knew you have diabetes? Did you have a blood test? I Had my regular bloodwork three years ago and later received a letter saying I have diabetes 2. I had no idea or symptoms except for being overweight. I was working full time and never had any symptoms.
My first question has to be what was done for a doctor to tell you that you have diabetes 2? Did he/she give you a number based on bloodwork? It might be 150, 160 or higher. The doctor would have said, "Your A1C is 8.3 (or some number that looks like that—higher or lower), Then the doctor would have told you that you need a blood testing meter to check your blood every day. Some doctors say twice a day and some say more times. Could you let me know how the doctor arrived at your diagnosis? As soon as we get your basic information, we can see what is going on. Please let me know, if you feel comfortable sharing. These questions from @hopeful33259 and me are the first step to see what you need to do. Diabetes is a disease and has to be dealt with, so the quicker we can see where you are in the process, the faster you will begin to know what to do.
Contact me any time and I will try to give you an answer or find someone who can.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Carol