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RE: [IPk] minimed sensor for monitoring blood levels



Dera Hilly - 
I have just come back from Diabetes UK conference - so apologies for the
late reply. There are quite a few centres using CGMS - Continuous
Glucose Monitoring System - aka Glucose sensor which you wear for upto
72 hours. They are not outdated - simply they give you a snap shot for
that time frame including a record. As far as I am aware there are also
some gluco-watches - I understand they give you readings around every 20
mins or so, they can cause a rash (I didn't hear of burning) and both
methods are examples of ways forward. 

Contact the suppliers directly to find out which centres are close to
your consultant. 

Julette Kentish
Diabetes Research/Specialist Dietitian
Bournemouth
(Insulin Pump & CGMS toolbox-user)

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Hilly Beattie
[mailto:email @ redacted]
		Sent:	02 April 2001 17:42
		To:	email @ redacted
		Subject:	[IPk] minimed sensor for monitoring
blood levels

		Dear John (Davis) et al
		I thought I'd let you know how I got on when I asked my
consultant about
		trying the blood sensor test over 3 days that we
discussed. He informed me
		that it was "outdated" and talked to me about the
Watch-type test. I knew he'd
		be keen on the watch as he was one of the doctors
involved in the trials at
		Guy's, so I listened but mentioned that people had been
burnt when using them.
		He said that only one male got burnt and I think
suggested the man was foolish
		for not telling them it hurt earlier, as if that makes a
difference.
		He did say some people suffered rashes and it needed a
bit of work done but
		essentially was fine. When I pushed him on the "older"
method and asked if I
		could still try it if I wanted. He said maybe, but he
only knew of Dr Pickup
		having one and didn't know if he had "all the bits"!!
		I know I should be patient (and have agreed to be so)
but it's frustrating
		that it boils down to resources again, he even started
telling me how much it
		all costs so I felt worse.
		On a good note, with the perseverance of my new nurse:)
I was able to leave
		knowing that he would support me for a pump perhaps in
the future but doesn't
		want to rush things...where have I heard that before:(
		Hilly
	
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