Oh my, I’m still reeling from Sarah’s dentist app’t today. We go the student dental clinc at our local University, we started that years ago when we didn’t have benefits and we’ve just never switched. It’s a ton cheaper because you get worked on by dental students, but they are 4th year and there is always a real dentist in charge and they can’t do anything without getting everything checked by the dentist in charge. And they’ve always been super great till today.
Well today there was a paediatric dentist in charge of the students that I’ve never seen there before. So after Sarah went into the clinic with her student this dentist sent the student back to out to the waiting room to ask me for all of Sarah’s diabetes history. There isn’t much to tell, so I just said she wears a pump and when she was diagnosed and she even asked for Sarah’s latest A1C… weird. I did also say that it’s too bad that when Sarah goes low at night I’ll give her juice in her sleep - I know that the juice isn’t good for her teeth - but I think her life is more important and the girl doesn’t have any cavities, so it is what it is.
I didn’t mind giving the information, but later regretted it when the app’t was over and this doctor came out to me after in the waiting room afterwards . He stood there and told me that Sarah shouldn’t be having lows at night and that I shouldn’t have to give her juice. I was like, she’s a type 1 diabetic and this is part of the territory , but he insisted it shouldn’t be happening and and that I should tell my doctor and was even kind enough to tell me that pump settings could be changed!!! Oh… can they be changed? I had no idea!!! Jerk.
He was so ignorant to me! And then to handle it like this, without getting all his facts straight and in the waiting room too. Thankfully we were the last family there. Now, I guess in all fairness since I had told the student Sarah’s medical info and she was clueless about diabetes, he was under the impression that Sarah was having lows every night and was needing intervention every night. So basically he assumed I was a huge idiot. When I told him it might be once a month and he was like, “Oh OK” But told me I should wake her up and make her brush her teeth after. hahahahahahahahahahaha
Oh - and he had even asked the student what Sarah’s latest A1C was and so when she went back and told him, in front of Sarah he said it was too high… too high. Who is he to judge, he’s not our doctor, he’s our dentist!! Looking back I wish I hadn’t given them any info, but I had no idea it would turn out like that! I’m going to be calling the clinic first thing in the morning and making sure they know it wasn’t appropriate. I was too upset to do that today and I had my girls with me and we left just as the clinic closed.
I just needed to share here because you all know just how hard it is to manage this disease without jerks like this guy trying to fix us. He didn’t help at all, he just made us upset.
But I guess I’ve learned my lesson, keep the sharing of info to a minimum!!!