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For some reason I haven't been able to control my blood sugar levels ever since I went through my angioplasty two months ago. I take long walks with my dog in the mornings, and go to the gym in the evenings. I enjoy the Zumba classes that I recently discovered. I eat small healthy meals throughout the day to maintain the levels. I am physically active most of the day but I could not get my sugars under control. Before the procedure I never went over 200 even after I ate a hearty meal, and now I watch what I eat more carefully but I still have this problem. So, my cardiologist recommended an endocrinologist who he thought was the best in the business. Since I am new to this place I took my cardiologist's advice and went to this doctor.
After the preliminary steps of taking my blood pressure, pulse, weight, height, family history, and health history, the medical assistant sat me in the examination room to wait for the physician. After a half hour wait the doctor walked in and just stood in front of me as if expecting me to say something. I never got an introduction from him. I never saw a smile on his face that made me feel comfortable. The nervous feeling I carried throughout that visit increased by the minute in the room. As we spoke, I noticed he never raised his head up and looked towards me. To me, it is important for the doctor to make eye contact so I can feel like I am communicating with a person, not a wall. He continued to speak to the walls or hung his head low as if to avoid the very fact that could make me feel assured that he knew what he was talking about or his subject well. He never placed a stethoscope on me or checked my feet or made me stick my tongue out. I felt panicked, for he never sat down in front of me to discuss my problems.
I placed all my previous blood reports and cardiology reports, my glucometer, and my sugar levels throughout the month on the table and told him that I brought all these. He never once looked at them. After asking couple of questions about my family history and heart procedure the first thing he said was "You need to have common sense in controlling your eating habits and sugar levels.