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Subject: [IP] Re: arrgghh!!!!!/Diabetes and Hospital Staff

In a message dated 8/20/2003 2:01:31 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

> Subject: [IP] Re: arrgghh!!!!!/Diabetes and Hospital Staff
> I have been diabetic 20 years this past March.  I have had MORE than my fair 
> share of hospital visits. After I graduated high school I decided to go to 
 > college to be a teacher. With only about a year to go before I was to
> I started thinking that I would change my major. At that time I had been 
> living with diabetes for about 3 years and had already been in the hospital 
> close to 20 times. It seemed that every time I was in the hospital I would 
 > experience at least 1 or 2 low blood sugars. When I would call for the nurse
> please bring me some juice or something else to raise my sugar it was almost 
 > like I was asking for a million dollars. The nurse would come in the room and
> say something stupid like "let's call the lab and have them come draw some 
> blood just to make sure your BS is low" I would be sitting there dripping in 
 > sweat, shaking like a leaf and could hardly talk and the stupid nurse would
 > take my word for it that I knew I had low blood sugar. I decided that I
> become a nurse because I knew there were A LOT more people like me who had 
> diabetes. If I could make a differance in the care of just one patient it 
 > would make me feel good. So I changed my major and got my RN degree. That was
 > about 16 years ago and we just did not see many patients with Insulin Pumps
> then. I, myself, did not even have a pump. 
> I enjoyed nursing and I feel as if I did make a lot of my diabetic patients 
> feel better. I knew exactly how they felt and had experienced alot of what 
> they were going through.
> I am not working anymore, due to my health not being so wonderful. I have 
 > been pumping for 1 year. During this past year I have been in the hospital 18
> times.
> Each time I have been in the hospital it has been because of something that 
> relates to my diabetes. Out of all of those 18 visits I have NEVER had even 
 > ONE nurse who new anything at all about an Insulin Pump. I have had the
> who were not so bright and when they would see my pump they would give me 
 > this poor pitiful look and say something like "ohhhh I am so sorry you have
> wear a pump" or one of my favorite quotes from people who do not know how 
 > wonderful pumps are "awwww you must be a really BAD diabetic to have to be on
> pump". I have almost always been in the hospital from a minimum of 3 days up 
> to 7 days, so that means I have had to change my site while in the hospital. 
> Well when I get ready to change the site, I end up with a room full of 
 > nurses. They all want to watch and learn about the pump. I get asked all
kinds of
> questions. Once I was in ICU and the  Dr. had the nurses remove my pump 
 > because he put me on an insulin drip. When I came to and realized I was in
> hospital in ICU, I immediately told them I was putting my pump back on. Then 
 > while I was sleeping from all the morphine and phenergan they were giving me,
> the batteries in my pump started sounding the alarm that I needed to change 
 > them. I was awakened by about 3 or 4 nurses searching the bed and room to
> out what the "annoying noise" was. I just laughed and told them it was my 
> pump letting me know that it was time to change the batteries. I will never 
> forget the annoyed looks on their faces. (I thought it was funny) 
> We did not learn about insulin pumps when I was in nursing school years ago 
> and from what I have seen in hospitals today, they are still not teaching 
 > much at all about insulin pumps in nursing school. I guess the nursing
> figure why should they bother teaching about insulin pumps and how they work 
> when WE, the  Pumpers, will end up educating the hospital nursing staff.
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