The doctor will ask how you feel, ask you to present your food and blood glucose logs (you DO have food and blood glucose logs, don’t you?), examine your skin for lesions, check your feet and test for peripheral nerve damage by tickling them.
There are things I always have done BEFORE the exam, one of which is have the blood drawn and tests done a week or two ahead of time. This way the doctor has the results AT THE EXAM and doesn’t have to chase me down with the information or talk to me at my next exam with data that is three months old.
So I’d recommend calling the doctor’s office, finding out what blood work they’re going to do and arranging to have it done ahead of time.
If you haven’t been keeping logs, start now. A week of data is better than none. The more data, the better for you, the doctor and the exam.
Finally, since you’re new to this, if you have questions, write them down, bring them with you and ASK them. If you feel uncomfortable or shy about asking, hand the written questions to the doctor.
Finally, finally, ask for referrals to a diabetes educator, a nutritionist, a podiatrist and/or eye doctor, depending on which one you don’t already know.
Last but not least . . . relax. Got that?