During clinic this morning, I had my second visit with a precious lady who has gestational diabetes. She was excited that the dietary changes were working to bring her glucose down. She had even persuaded her husband to eat healthy as well. She also felt much better physically especially more energy. She became disheartened when I shared that medication was needed to assist in bringing her glucose into target range. She was shocked and confused. How could this be? She had lots of questions regarding effects of elevated glucose on her baby, and how the medication worked to lower her glucose. I paused and stopped worrying about getting to the next patient. I slowed down and allowed time needed to answer each of her questions. After having her questions answered, she was relieved and understood why she needed the medication. Now that is patient care.
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