[IPk] Consultant Visit 06.08.03
Danielle's visit to the Consultant went as expected yesterday. He wanted her
to go on 4 injections per day, saying that it would be less expensive more me
than the running of the pump. I told him that it is generally unheard of for
people to go back onto injections after being on the pump and he said "that's
because they have already tried the MDI and you haven't for Danielle." He
went on to say that he didn't approve of the pump for Danielle because she
wasn't old enough to have made the decision herself and that maybe she would go
back to injections if she thought I wouldn't be too disappointed with her. I
asked Danielle to confirm to the Consultant that her mum and dad would let her
back on injections if she wanted to, but she couldn't speak to him. She told
me later that she was holding her tears in as hard as she could. She was
worried that the Consultant was the boss and that if he wanted her to go back
injections, then she had to.
At the end of the day, the PCT will fund the consumables if we agree to be
seen at a clinic of excellence, which is Manchester so I have agreed to this. I
hope they back-date the costs a bit as well. They won't reimburse the cost
of the pump because we did not follow the proper channels but I am annoyed that
the Consultant was given the opportunity to refuse to see Danielle at his
clinic, and she could have been put on the pump in Manchester and had a better
chance of funding, but instead, he agreed to carry on seeing her, got the
training from Medtronic Minimed and then changed his mind! One of his reasons
going back onto injections is that the tube can become blocked with the pump.
I don't need to tell you what I wrote back to him do I?
I will be quiet for the next 2 weeks because we are off to Italy tomorrow.
Still packing and that's why I am on here at this time of night.
Mum to Danielle aged 9, pumping since Nov 2002
Diabetic myself for 30 years
Brother, sister, auntie & cousin all type 1 too
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