There was a d-mom who was unable to be with her child who has diabetes. The child was staying with her grandparents and her meter read ‘high’. A second reading was taken, and ‘high’ came across again. She, unable to get to where her child was, asked what should she do, or have the grandparents do?
As I read the responses, one thing jumped out at me and I wanted to open a dialogue to get your input, your feedback, and your advice. I read 36 comments and in those 36 comments, only 12 stated for the grandparents to call the physician. And in some cases they stated to try something first and if that did not work, to call the physician.
That was troublesome to me and I wanted to know how you felt? For someone to come on-line and give about a four sentence synopsis of what her child was going through, it left me to wonder if it is right for the online community to think, without knowing anything about the details of this family, that it is okay to give medical advice? Is it “universal’ to just start giving the patient water, adjusting an insulin dose, or to have them exercise, or to give advice because it works most of the time?
Is it okay to jump in and give advice based upon the fact that the mom was asking for it?
Is most of the time, every time? I ask you; is that good enough?
But my day of calling the Doc is ‘yester-year thoughts’ and I wanted to know if it has become where the advice of ‘most of the time’ is a good start to be given by people who do not know your child at all, before the physician is called? Has ‘my day’ opened to a different thought process because of all of the online communities?
This was not what do you think of a certain meter, or have you encountered ‘such-and-such’ in school and want to know advice; this was a child presently in a medical situation of a meter saying ‘high’ and asking for advice. Would you ask for advice? Would you give advice other than call someone on the medical team?
It very well may be that it is an accepted practice with the speed of internet connections today but I was just curious if you, as parents, feel that this is okay? Would/do you take advice from people you do not know, or know peripherally, when it comes to your child? And I understand that in some cases, the medical team contacted, does not know the child all that well either. But what is the right call, and that is why I am asking you?
It may be that the overwhelming answer is yes; but I ask the questions so all can learn and all of us can understand. Your thoughts please? Thanks.
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