[font="comic sans ms"]i feel like an idiot, but diabetes is not one of my strong points (except for all the complications i see with the patients that my students care for
). so i for ask the help of my colleagues.
my dad was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. he seems okay with it, emotionally. he's 56, hx of htn and gout. had prostate ca 10 yrs age, but is doing well otherwise. so he's not completeyl paralyzed and devastated by the diagnosis (oh, he's also a paramedic, so he has medical knowledge).
anyway, my mother has a lot of questions. her main concern is his diet, and she's the one who will insure he is compliant with his diet. he's never cooked a meal a day in his life, and my mother loves to cook. she's rounded up all these diabetes cookbooks, starting to read labels, etc. she also bought a 'cooking with splenda' cookbook. what is the deal w/ splenda and diabetes? i'm assuming it's okay. my only knowledge of splenda is with atkins.
anyway, my other question is this (my mother asked me). should he be monitoring his fingersticks at home? i'm thinking he should, to some extent. definitely not q ac and hs, but just to have an idea (as my mother puts it). and if so, do insurance companies cover the cost of it for type 2? he's not on medicare (yet) or medcaid. but is it a justifiable expense? if not does anyone know how much they cost, and do you need a perscription?
any other advice or patient ed. links would be greatly appreciated.
Feb 4, '06
I am about your dads age and was diagnosed with typ II about 9 months ago. I go in every 3 months for a check. I get an Hgb A1C, CBC and Chol checked prior to the appt. The Dr. told me I didn't need to check my blood sugar at all, but the Nurse Practioner about had a fit. She has me check a couple times a week at various times and keep track. That way I know how I am doing with my diet. She said four or five times a week is all I need to do for now. I am on an oral med, I am assuming your dad is too.
As for a monitor, the office should have some they can give him. That's where I got mine. They cost next to nothing. Its the strips where the companies make their money. They are expensive. He will need a script for those and most insurance companies will cover them at least partially.
If there is a Diabetic counselor at one of your local hospitals your parents should try to get some teaching. They will probably need to be referred by the Physicians office. The insurance companies usually cover at least part of this too. They are a good referral source and will be able to answer your mothers questions. The American Diabetes Assoc. and the American Dietary Assoc. both have good web sites.
I hope this helps. Good luck to your parents.
Last edit by Marylou1102 on Feb 4, '06