DSMA Blog Carnival – October Round-Up

Since 2011 the Blog Carnival has been a way for our community to delve a bit deeper into questions from the #dsma chats, without the 140 character restriction.  It’s been a lot of fun, but all things must come to an end.  October was our last blog carnival, and this is our last round-up.  So lets get to it.

There are many different types of diabetes, but all types have many things in common.  However, this month we chose to embrace and admire some of the differences between the types.  We asked you to tell us something that is easy about living with your type of diabetes that isn’t easy for another type.  Here’s what you had to say . . . .

As always, you can click over to the blog carnival page for the link to the full list of posts.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the #dsma Blog Carnival – whether regularly or with a post here and there.  And a special thank you to Stephen for sharing blog carnival posts here on the DCAF blog.

Stay tuned for some exciting new things coming up for #dsma and DCAF!

October DSMA Blog Carnival

Type 1, Type 2, LADA, Gestational, diabetes brought on by surgery . . . . the list of types of diabetes goes on.  Each type may have differences, but ultimately they are all diabetes.  When we think about it, there is a whole lot that all types have in common.  However, that doesn’t mean we can’t give credit for some differences too.  So lets look back to our “Breaking down the barriers between types” chat on September 10th and discuss . . . . .

Anything easy about living with your type of diabetes that isn’t easy for another type?

Don’t forget to come back to this post and link your carnival post in the comments section.  Also please add the following line to your post: “This post is my October entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2014/10/october-dsma-blog-carnival-4

DSMA Blog Carnival – September Round-Up

Many of us jot down notes with questions and issues we’d like to discuss with our doctors during our appointments.  It helps us arrive prepared and get the most of our time with our HCP.  During our appointments, our doctors also make notes in our files.  This month we wondered how many of us have requested a copy of our medical notes.  We also wanted to know why you have or haven’t, and how often you make that request.  Here’s what you had to say . . . .

As always, you can click over to the blog carnival page for the link to the full list of posts.  Didn’t quite get a chance to submit your post this month?  Go ahead and write it anyway and leave your link in the September Blog Carnival comments section so we can check it out!

Don’t forget to check back here on Thursday when we’ll announce the topic for the October DSMA Blog Carnival.

September Blog Carnival: Can I get a copy of those notes?

This month’s DSMA Blog Carnival topic goes back to the August 20th twitter chat, asking a question that I have a difficult time answering:

Do you request a copy of your medical notes? If so, how often? If not, why?

I hate to show my ridiculous ignorance on this subject, but the answer is no.

I have never asked for a copy of my medical notes. Ever. I’ve asked for a copy of prescriptions. My endocrinologist sends them in directly to my prescription provider, so if I didn’t ask for a copy, I wouldn’t have a record of what I’ve been prescribed.

But other than the prescriptions, I’ve pretty much let my doctor, nurse practitioner, etc. take the notes and keep them to themselves. To be honest, I’ve never thought about asking for the notes before. It makes sense. I’d like to know what my file looks like. I’d like to know if they make a mistake in a diagnosis or a therapy or a prescription. However, right now, my only reason for asking for a copy of my medical notes is to satisfy my own curiosity.

But the question does make me think of something that’s been at the forefront of my mind lately. I need to start putting together a file full of notes of my own.

I got this idea from a co-worker, who showed me the tablet he uses on a daily basis. On it, he has his elderly mother’s critical medical information. Information like doctor names, addresses, and phone numbers. All of her doctors. If her general practitioner tells her she needs to make an appointment with her podiatrist, he just pulls up the information from the tablet and makes the call right away. He’s also got data on prescriptions, their strength, and how often they need to be taken. This helps when a doctor prescribes one thing, then another doctor prescribes something else that might interact badly with what she’s already taking. If she suddenly finds herself in the emergency room, he has all of her information in one easy-to-read place.

I realize something like this isn’t always well received by medical professionals, but I also know that all of my data is in separate places right now. And having all of my information in one place can’t hurt. I also know that if I were to find myself in a situation where I couldn’t speak for myself, my spouse would want that information at her fingertips. There’s the chance that it could get hacked and stolen and used for nefarious purposes. But I think the benefits of having such a cache of information on an easily-accessible platform would outweigh any potential risks.

So there you have it… A very meek “No” to our question this month. But, as always, the Blog Carnival topic has me thinking about how to better manage my diabetes. And that can only yield positive results in the future.

This post is my September entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2014/09/september-dsma-blog-carnival-4/

September DSMA Blog Carnival

Most medical appointments involve notes of some kind.  Notes the patient brings with questions and concerns.  Notes a patient makes about the doctor’s instructions.  And, of course, notes our doctors make in our medical charts.  It had never occurred to me to keep track of the notes being made in my chart until our August 20th chat about “Notes”.  So this month, let’s explore that topic and answer the question . . . .

Do you request a copy of your medical notes? If so, how often? If not, why?

Don’t forget to come back to this post and link your carnival post in the comments section.  Also please add the following line to your post: “This post is my September entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2014/09/september-dsma-blog-carnival-4/