Four Eyes

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The artist needs to color in that 4th cookie and acquire better whiteout.

EYE DOCTOR: How is your health overall?

BUBS: Good.

EYE DR: Did you check your blood sugar today?

BUBS: Lots of times.

EYE: What was it?

BIGFOOT: (Via ESP to Bubs only) Pick one in the nineties!

BUBS: Well, I’d say I tested seven times and the average was maybe about 112?

BF: BINGO!

EYE: (Unimpressed) Okay and do you know your A1c? It’s a number only a doctor could tell you?

BUBS: My mom probably knows.

EYE: Mom?

BF: Five point eight! (Awaits praise.)

((crickets))

EYE: And how would you say your diet is if the choices are good, fair, or poor?

BUBS: Um, good?

EYE: Sounds good.

Note: Throughout conversation, Eye Doctor enter all information (BG, A1c, “good,”) into spreadsheet on giant computer screen, with officious tap-tap/wrist flourish. But meaningless for eyes, no? Unless, Bigfoot suppose, BG high that moment and always/evermore. Or, unless child—nowhere to turn but eye doctor—request nutritious food, confess my diet is poor. Can you help me? Or…?

 

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14 responses to “Four Eyes

  1. falloutmommy

    Bubs is much more patient than Angelina. Angelina got asked similar questions at eye doctor last year (and coming up in 3 weeks again probably) and halfway through random diabetes questions comes “Are you taking oral medication?” *bewildered look from child* “What? Do you think I have type 2? I have to take insulin because my pancreas doesn’t work. Do you even know about diabetes?” *Mental high five*

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  2. Let’s try this again…Bubs is much more patient than Angelina. Angelina got asked similar questions at eye doctor last year (and coming up in 3 weeks again probably) and halfway through random diabetes questions comes “Are you taking oral medication?” *bewildered look from child* “What? Do you think I have type 2? I have to take insulin because my pancreas doesn’t work. Do you even know about diabetes?” *Mental high five*

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  3. God, eye doctors are always the worst. They seriously take the cake for stupid diabetes questions/comments.

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  4. Eye doctors think that people with diabetes need to pay extra-special attention to the eyes. Dentists think that people with diabetes need to pay extra-special attention to the teeth.

    Can’t we just pay extra-special attention to our diabetes, let our diabetes doctor take care of that, and let everything else just trickle down from there? The eye-expert and tooth-expert doesn’t need to pretend to be an endocrine-expert.

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  5. If your BG was consistently high or prolonged high that day (as you say), it would be a bad vision test. I don’t think that most eye doctors have been trained to ask the questions to get the answers they really want because the blogging community has certainly posted some doozies!

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  6. I have noticed this over the past 20 years: NO ONE. AND I’M TALKING NO ONE…actually LIKES their eye doctor, whether they have diabetes or not. IT’S_WEIRD.

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  7. mollyjade

    It’s mostly based on type 2 stuff. They want to make sure that their diabetes patients are seeing an endo or GP for their diabetes. If they haven’t had an a1c lately, they probably haven’t gone to a doctor in awhile. And for type 2s, the morning blood sugar is a good measure of their control since it’s fasting. For us, that one data point isn’t very meaningful.

    If you’d said, “I don’t know” or “12.5,” the doctor would have encouraged you to set up an appointment with your doctor and probably lectured you on what hyperglycemia does to your eyes.

    And for type 2s, especially adults, this makes some sense. If you wear glasses, you’ll probably drag yourself to the eye doctor occasionally even if you avoid any other doctors. And to be fair, there are probably type 1s who never go to the doctor or test their blood sugar. It’s just harder to do since you need to keep getting that insulin prescription renewed.

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  8. Linda

    Podiatrists too. I went barefoot all through college because one of them told me I had to wear shoes with toes every day for the rest of my life.

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  9. I got this with the dentist last month.
    “You know that 131 mg/dL (an hour and a half after eating lunch) is bad for you, right? You’re going to work on getting that down, right?”

    Ugh.

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  10. shannon

    (sorry if this posts twice)

    i cannot believe that eye doc didn’t at least give you a thumbs up/smile when you laid that A1C on him i mean COME ON.

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