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I have been thinking about your story all day. In fact, I keep getting so
uncharacteristically distracted by it that I think I must be getting hypo. I
test my blood, I'm fine. I am, however, upset.
It sounds like other list members with good journalism contacts are looking
into this one. I'm sure it's a bigger issue than this one kid. I have heard
of other chronically ill people being denied medication in jail.
I myself had a similar, far milder, experience in a hospital. I became
dehydrated from vomitting after a food poisoning episode. I went to the
hospital and recovered quickly on iv fluids. They then wanted me to eat a
meal and hold it down before being released. My pump was almost empty. I
told them I couldn't eat the meal unless they would give me insulin. "This
is an emergency room" I was told. "We only treat high blood sugar." I
refused to eat the tray they were offering me (mashed potatoes and skim milk)
without insulin. They refused to release me if I wouldn't eat. Finally I
called an attorney friend and asked him to come say threatening things and
get me out. They still wouldn't provide insulin or release me. I finally
I'm guessing that diabetics are treated this way daily in jails, in
hospitals, in psychiatric units and schools, in short in all places where
people are supposed to surrender control. Diabetes requires a level of
self-care that challenges the kind of control medical, educational, and penal
institutions expect to have over people.
I understand the gag order Gail and I understand why you would have to follow
it. However, there are a lot of us who don't and I think this is an
important issue. I'd like to hear from other people who agree.
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