You know all these things, Christalyn, and I know all these things, but my friend’s husband does not and does not really care to. (That was a typo, btw, I don’t have a husband). I e-mailed my friend my observations as I know she will listen and hopefully intervene with her husband. He is on an outdated regimen of insulin, and his doctor told him to only test his fasting, so that is all he does. (Kaiser HMO). He takes no more interest in treating his diabetes beyond that. His fastings are good, but he eats whatever he wants and has no idea what his post-prandials are. I’ve attempted a couple conversations with him on the subject and he listens politely, but bottom line is he thinks he’s doing what he’s supposed to according to his doctor and he thinks I’m obsessive on the subject (compared to him, I am!!).
He wasn’t aware that he needed help, Christalyn, or that he was low, and no, he didn’t test because he didn’t know there was a reason to. The sad thing is that my friend, his wife, is an RN and should know better. I’ve known her for 30 years and always respected her medical knowledge. It was an eye-opener to me how little she knew about diabetes which I think is emblematic of the medical field as a whole.
Cheryl actually thought Joe might sign on here on his own, but they don’t currently have a computer at home.