Doctor's Visits- "Fear and Trembling"

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Doctor's Visits- "Fear and Trembling"

Ok I know I am being overly dramatic but...I do not like going to MD appointments and I have put this one off for a few months. I guess I have "white coat syndrome". This actually is a condition of extreme panic  some patients have when they go to a doctors office. So is it the white coat that sends me into a panic or what the white coat is going to tell me:

"You have put on weight!"

"Why didn't you come in sooner?"

"You have to have this test and see that specialist and follow up with this one and that one!"

"Your cholesterol is high. Your blood sugar is high."

But I must go and face the music.

I am thinking of strategies to relax:

The medical staff are there to help me.

I must take care of myself and not neglect myself.

It is better to know what is happening in my body rather than ignore myself. And finally,

I am worth taking care of!!!

It helps to share this with all of you... 

Have a beautiful Autumn,



You are worth taking care of!
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Submitted by kestrada on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:33pm

How did it go? I empathize. I have the same fear of social situations, especially going to people's houses. I don't know what I fear, I just know I avoid going. I don't have fear of going to the doctors but I do have anxiety about not remembering what I'm told at the doctor's, not having the answers to the questions he/she asks. I hope the appointment went well. Good for you in making yourself go. Smiles and hugs to you.
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Submitted by ckay21 on Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:18pm

Keep up the good work. One thing I'd like to know more of are natural remedies for diabetes. Do any of them really work or am I stuck taking insulin for the rest of my life? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and best of luck.
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Submitted by asmanitu on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:49am

I don't think you are being dramatic at all; maybe because I go through the same emotional roller coaster you do. It never fails that when my appointment date is coming up I begin to feel intense anxiety and fear. Mostly, for me, is the fact of the Doctor telling me bad news. For example that my kidneys are not functioning, high cholesterol, or that I'm loosing my eyes sight!! Like you mentioned it's better to know what is going inside your body, although sometimes it is a scary thing. No one wants to hear that their is something wrong with their bodies. I 100% agree that we need to take care of ourselves. First of all this is the only body we will have and WE have to live in it. And yes we are worth it; I have learned that this disease doesn't just affect one person, but it affects everyone around you. I am glad to have begun my blogging here at Diabetes Sisters and hope to learn and take from everyone's journey. Best wishes to all!!
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Submitted by gaby86 on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:47pm