Nassau County Health
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Nassau County Health
Is Our Mission

A Strong Doctor Patient Relationship can Help Improve your Health

Here is Maria’s Story:

Visits to your primary care doctor are an important time to talk about your diabetes,other health issues, the medicines you are taking and any concerns or questionsyou have. Being honest with your doctor can save your life.

I have had diabetes for more than 30 years. Over those years, I have had a lot of different doctors. I haven’t felt I could trust and be honest with many of them. They seem so busy to stop and listen. What’s the point of speaking up? Sometimes all the diabetic medications they want me to take make me feel bad. So, I just don’t take them every day. I know that is why my diabetes is never under control. But I am not going to tell that to my doctor. Last year, they hired a new doctor at the medical practice I go to.

The first thing she wanted to know was if I had brought my medication bottles with me to the visit. She told me that from that point on I should bring my prescription bottles to every visit so we could work together on making sure I was taking everything the way I should be. Then she asked if I was having any problems taking all my medications? At first, I was too embarrassed to say anything.

She said some people don’t take their medications because some medicines might give them side effects that make them feel bad. I told her I wasn’t taking some of my medications because they were making me feel bad. She told me to stop taking those medications right away and prescribed different ones. She told me to call her and let her know if I had problems with the new medication.

She then asked me if I had time to speak with her nurse and a nutritionist to learn more about diabetes. In the 30 years that I have had diabetes, I have never had a nurse or nutritionist sit with me for so long and answer all my silly questions. It turned out I had a lot of good questions. I didn’t have any problems with the new medicines. I have more energy now and do some of the daily walking my other doctor had always told me I should do. I am even trying to eat better now that I see my small changes are helping. I understand now why it is important to be honest with my doctor. At my last check-up, my diabetes was under control – for the first time in 30 years.
The Long Island FQHC, Inc. is a family health center that provides comprehensive primary and specialty care for the whole family. We provide services for all adult, pediatric, OB/GYN, Behavioral health and dental care needs at several location throughout Nassau County. We will see patients regardless of their ability to pay and regardless of citizenship status.

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