Do You Lie to Your Doctor?
“Exercise? Yes. I exercise. Nine times a day, I exercise.”
“I have no idea why I was high last Thursday. Or this morning, for that matter.”
“Counting carbs? Yep, I’m all over it.”
Interested in more than just my lab work, my endocrinologist asks me thoughtful questions about my family, my relationship with my husband, and life outside of the confines of my A1c result. So why, as an adult, have I had issues being honest with my endo about the diabetes problems I need real help solving, particularly in moments where I could have just ‘fessed up and saved my endo the effort of trying to find “a solution.”
In this month’s edition of SUM Musings on diaTribe, I’ve drawn from my own experience and collected some thoughts from others about why patients hide the truth from their doctor, what could improve communication between HCPs and PWDs, and how we can embrace a culture of honesty in pursuit of better health. (Yeah, it sounds kind of serious, but I had a cat wrapped around my neck the whole time I wrote it, so there’s an element of furry fury to the whole thing.)
Thanks to Martin, Lorraine, Kate, Howard, and Sean for their contributions! Head over to diaTribe to read the whole thing.