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Mon, Aug 3 8:51pm · I'm having problems managing Type 2 Diabetes with medication in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@contentandwell. An AP is an Assistant Physician. My pcp assigned me to her for unknown reasons. I've been thinking about a geriatric physician for a while, but I'm using the term loosely cause we have none in our area. I plan to ask for a referral from my gynecologist to a doctor who thinks like a geriatric doctor. My reason, other than I do not want the AP, is that I have multiple problems now, and my pcp seems to zero in on what he considers important and ignores others. One of my lifelong problems is polycystic ovaries, a condition I now know can cause diabetes. He should have been monitoring me and given me some kind of warning. Neither happened and now I have diabetes. Luckily, I've been able to keep it under control. Told my gynecologist that I'd like to invite all my specialists for coffee; he said I couldn't afford that much coffee!! 😉 Somebody, it seems to me, needs to look at coordinating all these specialties so everyone is as near as possible on the same page. If you've an excellent pcp, I would stay with him/her. Apropos of nothing, while I appreciate the role of technology in modern medicine, there's still room for the talents and experience of our doctors. As an example, don't know how many of those multiple-page forms I've completed prior to an initial visit which the doctor totally ignores. It seems to me a common complaint I hear is doctors don't listen. So happy for kamama94 who has accomplished so much with a very supportive medical staff! Thanks for letting me ramble on…..

Mon, Aug 3 3:54pm · I'm having problems managing Type 2 Diabetes with medication in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@contentandwell. My last checkup was virtual, and I hope to find a new pcp (hopefully, a geriatric pcp) before my next checkup is due. Thought it rather silly to have a virtual checkup because of the risks of the virus but I had to go to the same medical center for my precheckup blood work. I then had a in person checkup five days later with a specialist. An AP took my doctor's place, and it was clear she really didn't quite know how to proceed. Perhaps if you're used to communicating this way with family with Zoom or whatever, you'll be more comfortable, but I was extremely uncomfortable. Think body language and small things one can only pickup in person are necessary, particularly when you are elderly – I have now a long list of chronic conditions, some of which I forget temporarily. These include skin conditions – a visual. No bp, no listening to lung and heart, no feeling for lumps and bumps. Hope for others it is good, and I can see a benefit when your "coming down with something," and need a quick check. I'd be interested in hearing what others think – I hope I'm not just being an "old fuddy duddy"

Sun, Jul 26 2:51pm · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Thanks, lilypaws, will try the vanilla. And I like "Nature's Bounty" products.

Sat, Jul 25 8:05pm · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Need to add protein powders to my diet. I've had to delete many foods from my diet (ckd, diabetes), but the biggest problem remains my IBS. If you would be so kind as to share what you find out about protein powders, I'd be a happy camper. Also, my husband has Dementia, which has affected his food-eating to a considerable extent. Anyone have sneaky ways to have him eat more nourishing meals, I'd appreciate hearing about them. One idea I've tried seems to work, and that is to ask my friends to save that little bit of leftover for me. It adds great variety to his diet, but relieves me of the problem of how to improve his diet without making quantities of food I can't eat.

Sun, Jul 19 8:09pm · Looking for young people with Graves Disease in Autoimmune Diseases

@susu2. Think you are in the wrong section here, but I have two thoughts. I understand a fear of falling, but what you really need is physical therapy. Tell them every problem you have, including the arthritis. The second suggestion: check your B-12 level. Even if you are within range, think I'd still take the smallest amount (mg) you can…

Thu, Jul 16 7:37pm · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@lioness. Please explain what calcium citrate "1200 mg split in two" means exactly. I, too, have osteoporosis and have also refused any of the meds doctors have urged me to take. I also have only one kidney stage 3(b) and diabetes, so I have avoided vitamin supplements, but maybe I should reconsider. My dentist strongly urged me not to take these meds, and he's not steered me wrong yet. I am very interested in this discussion. My only advice? Wear good-fitting, safe shoes and do balance and strength-building exercises. Walk. I see folks walking so poorly in stylish shoes that are unsafe. If we don't fall, we won't break bones.

Wed, Apr 29 9:10pm · Stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD): What specialists do I see? in Kidney & Bladder

@basslakebabe19. Your comment about whatever happened to Stages 1and 2 struck a chord with me. Think I will ask drs. next visit. If I'd not had cancer in one kidney, would I even know about my other kidney. I've collected a bit of information on the subject of diet, including @kamama94's fine work. The coronavirus, though, has created problems for me. Our store shelves are frequently empty, which, since I'm juggling three diets plus finicky husband's diet, has created some problems. Anyone have suggestions of protein sources if we are indeed to have a meat shortage? Other than eggs, tuna (which all but disappeared during Lent), and protein drinks, I'd love a suggestion or two.

Wed, Apr 1 8:07pm · Stage 3 Kidney Disease and Diet: What can I eat? in Kidney & Bladder

@fiesty76 and @2011 panc. The coronavirus has thrown a large monkey wrench into my diet. It helps to know I'm not alone. Since my husband has Alzheimer's, food preparation is my sole responsibility. Since I'm also high risk for the virus, I'm dependent on delivery for groceries. Unfortunately, our stores continue short on deliverable items. So, I juggle a kidney/diabetes/IBS diet while trying to find something my husband will eat. But I think we are all tough folks and, with a little cheating, we'll make it. Take care, everyone!