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[IP] 45th Dianniversary

I'll add my bad physician/diagnosis story.  In 1964 when I was 6, we were
living in a small town.  My mom diagnosed my diabetes--my dad had Type 1,
and she heard me get up 4 times in the night to go to the bathroom.  She
checked my urine with his supplies, and it was 4+.  She called our family
physician, who said "We'll watch her for a few weeks."  Diabetic father,
sugar in the urine, and we'll watch me????  Till I'm in a coma maybe?  He
apparently was too arrogant to take my mother seriously.  Fortunately my
parents were sophisticated patients, and called my dad's former specialist
in Philadelphia.  He said to take me to a hospital immediately, so my
parents took me to a larger city where I got good care.

In contrast, my son went through a period of urinating frequently when he
was a child.  When I called the pediatrician, the first thing he asked was
"What was his blood sugar?"  He knew that I would have already checked and
he honored that.  Much better story!  (And he's not diabetic.)

Barbara Ziegler
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