I do agree with you Mel. I test, so I have no problems testing and writing down my results, and I feel I get more out of my appointments when I do do this. On the rare occasion I don't, my endo doesn't have a go at me about it, or anything like that. On the contrary, he knows that I'm having issues and he tries to help me with that. My endo hates it when people don't show up with stuff because it means he can't do his best for them, not because he feels they are wasting his time. He still does his best for you.
I read something from Joslin for HPs that said that if your patients don't test and record results then it is a failure of YOUR education methods and ability to work with patients, I like that.
Thats a very blanket statement, and I think we all know there are many reasons we go through phases of not testing. While some people may not test because of "failure" of the endo's education, I would hazard a guess that most people don't test because they get burnt out/are over it all/etc, and frankly there aint much an endo can do to fix that, bar possibly getting you to talk to a psychologist. It's drummed into us from day dot that high glucose = complications, and the only way to know what your glucose is is to test. In most cases, I don't think it is very fair to blame your lack of caring on your endo. Mind you, I've never had a crap endo so *shrug*.
Sty asked how to make the most of an endo appointment. I guess my point of my previous post was that if you want the most out of your appointment, then you need to provide your endo with some data. If you want to be proactive in your own management, then you need to test.