*Please forgive me, this post is a day late because my site got majorly hacked!
For today the prompt is to go to dictionary.com and write a post inspired by their word of the day.
Dictionary.com’s word of the day is: unctuous.
I’ve had some unfair encounters with doctors in my time. On the whole I am positive they are mostly decent and well-mannered, professional, and patient. However this one doctor would have made them all hang their heads in shame. Not really but if they only knew they might. They might not want to be in the same professional community as this guy. I’m sure of it. Anyway, I was seeing him to talk about my diabetes because at the time I was only seeing an Internal Specialist (instead of an Endocrinologist) and I decided I wanted to try being off of the pump for a while. So this Internist, feeling a bit uncomfortable about moving someone off of the pump said, “Why don’t I have you make a visit with my friend and fellow Internist, Dr. —–?” I looked at my doctor with my head curiously tilted to one side. “Ok, but…why?” “Well, he has been to two conferences on diabetes so he will definitely be able to give you more blood sugar management than me. “But, I never talk to you about blood sugar management, I manage my blood sugars, and you check my blood pressure and run my labs, I go to you with specific questions…” “Yes, I know but, this doctor might be able to help you.” Fine, I thought.
So Dr. —– walks in on a different day. I’m interested to see what enlightenment he can offer me. He begins by not looking me in the eye and proceeds to stare at his computer screen as he rambles on quickly about the conferences he attended which taught him about how healthy blood sugar management worked. He said he could help me a lot because of his experience. (And my years of experience counted for nothing?) I leaned in intently and shot a look to my husband who was next to me and furrowing his brow in amusement.
Then this doctor asked me a few questions about what my typical blood sugars looked like and spat off a few diabetes blood sugar facts such as, “Blood sugars which are out of range can hurt your kidneys” and “You need to know, the body can literally produce a form of glucose when you’re low.” to which I said, “Oh yes, the liver”. He looked at me like I had shot an arrow into his chest. Then he continued, “You need to keep good blood sugar control for all sorts of reasons so send me your blood sugars each week and I will make adjustments as necessary.” Finally, as genuinely as I could I said. “I just want you to know I manage my blood sugars pretty well on my own and have a pretty good grasp of all I need to know, in fact you didn’t say anything to me just now that was news. I will send you my blood sugars but ultimately I decide what insulin changes to make, although I don’t mind discussing any of it thoroughly with you and I don’t mind listening to what you have to say.”
Dr. —– smiled the way that celebrities at award shows do when the host is poking fun at them and then he looked at my husband and said in the most unctuous manor, “Wow, she’s cocky isn’t she?”
Cut to me. My eyes are narrowed. Ggggrrrggghhh….