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Re: [IPk] hospital experience- I was pleased

Hi Abigail

I am glad that you didnt have a negative experience.  I hope the minor op was
ok.  You can be sure that if you hadn't made all the notes and preparation you
would have needed it!!!! Sods Law.

>From my experience of being in hospital with Sasha, quite a few times, usually
with stomach bugs.  Most of the nurses and doctors are not really familiar
with diabetes and are only too glad for us to have control.  We have always
been able to keep the insulin with us and they have not asked us to hand it
over.  Sasha has been put on an IV with an insulin pump/delivery device
thingy, a couple of times, and then we took regular blood tests and they will
come and ask what it was for their charts.  They have offered to do blood
tests in the night sometimes.  Sasha doesn't wake up when they are done.  But
most times we are woken up if they have been doing it every two hours.  One
nurse couldn't use the meter and kept putting blood on the strip and THEN
inserting the end with the blood on into the meter!!!   I suppose you can't
expect them to know how to use every meter but I was a bit taken aback.  The
meter did still work too when I had cleaned it out!!

We always brought extra food in for Sasha as the food used to be pretty
horrible and often arrive too late for her and she needed to eat at 12.00.

When the doctors used to do the ward rounds the doctors would tell the nurses
that the parents were probably the better judge of what doses should be

Mum of Sasha

----- Original Message -----
From: "Abigail King" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: 10 April 2002 13:21
Subject: [IPk] hospital experience- I was pleased

> I was admitted as a day case to have a minor procedure under local
> anaesthetic yesterday. I was a bit nervous about how the staff would react
> to my pump. It wasn't in my local hospital where I have worked and know many
> of the staff. I don't think any of the patients in this hospital use a pump
> so staff would not have been familiar
> I explained that I was diabetic. no one asked about my insulin . The staff
> nurse queired what my last BG was, when it was taken, whether I had taken my
> medication and whether I would be OK until lunchtime ( obviously meaning not
> likely to go hypo). I explained that I was on a pump and that it was
> continuously giving me insulin but no further questions were asked. I was
> told I could keep my medication and supplies in my locker or give it to her
> to put in the safe, whichever I prefered.
> At lunchtime I bolused appropriately. No one knew I was giving myself
> insulin or had asked whether I was due medication. I expect they're used to
> people being on twice daily medication. It was a good thing I am on a
> flexible regimen , or at least  had food in my bag as I was only given a
> portion of cauliflower cheese, one scoop of mashed potatoe and
> abbage( couldn't have been more than 20g CHO)
> I was very happy with the care that I had and relieved that I was just left
> to get on with my own diabetes management. I don't know whether they usually
> have such a relaxed policy for self medicating, or whether they just forgot
> to ask because they were busy and would have been more stringent if I had
> been admitted overnight. Officially they probably should have at least kept
> a written record of what I had self administered. But I'm not complaining.!
> I was quite anxious about the whole situation before I went in and had made
> a chart with my basal rates on it together with a scale of correction
> boluses for high BG, my usual meal boluses and an explanation that they were
> modified according to the meal content, together with names and contact
> details of consultant and nurse specialist. None of this was needed
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