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Re: [IP] I'd like to be outraged for a moment



Natalie is right..maybe legal action would help and hospitals will do an
inservice or something to educate more people about Type 1 diabetics so
there is more awareness and not ignorance...lives are counting on it
----- Original Message -----
From: "Natalie A. Sera" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2002 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] I'd like to be outraged for a moment


> (About Patience's mother not receiving insulin while hospitalized)
>
> One of the problems of being an OLDER Type 1 diabetic is that most
hospital
> personnel who don't know you will ASSUME you're a Type 2. After all, 90%
of
> the diabetic population is Type 2, and they SEE a whole lot more Type 2's
> than Type 1's. Insulin-using Type 2's can hold out a bit longer without
> insulin (although eventually, they, too, will go into coma and die -- but
> it's usually weeks rather than days), and can tolerate more imprecision in
> insulin dosage.
>
> This is not to say that they treat Type 2's any more appropriately than
Type
> 1's (allowing blood sugar to go over 500 is NOT acceptable for ANYONE!) ,
> but the malpractice they committed on your mother sounds as though they
> thought she was Type 2. It's a miracle she didn't go into DKA.
>
> Anyway, you and your mother need something to the effect of a durable
power
> of attorney -- AND documentation from  your doctor that YOU (or your
father)
> are to handle testing and insulin. Also, your mother is not to be left
alone
> (i.e. family members are to be allowed to stay with her at all times),
> unless she's in surgery, and you have personally informed the
> anesthesiologist about the fact that she is Type 1, and very
> insulin-sensitive.
>
> If you are on a pump, the rule has to be that NO ONE plays with your pump
or
> takes it off you in any case (except if you've been injured at your
infusion
> site -- in which case it becomes a medical necessity). If your mother had
> been on a pump, much of her agony could have been avoided.
>
> And yes, you have the right to be outraged -- they COULD have killed her,
> and THAT wouldn't have helped her any, would it???
>
> Good luck,
>
> Natalie ._c-
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