RE: [IPk] Lantus v. pump
I'm sorry to hear about Sasha's missed dose!! Happened to me once on MDI and
my DSN gave the same advice Andrew's passed along--an unusual time of
injection for insulatard can really mess things up for a couple of days. I
hope Sasha's up for the gym meet tomorrow.
I am appalled to hear about the consultant in Bristol. Have you advised the
person who told you of the situation that the child's family would do well
to contact John Davis (INPUT)? John knows which hospitals and in some cases
which particular consultants at them are content to have children on pumps.
Speaking of him, has John not been able to advise you of the name and
location of a hospital that would be a better institution for Sasha?
I agree with you that Sasha's present consultant must have entered the field
because he wanted to help people. Yes, his skills need updating--he has been
neglecting his professional responsibilities and has not been reading any
major journals (other than the BMJ, which is not by any means a diabetology
publication!) or attending diabetology conferences with regularity for quite
some time. From the cases I have heard of and read about, the road to a
lawsuit for medical malpractice is usually paved with good intentions. If
the doctor is out of his depth with regard to pump therapy, he's being an
arrogant so-and-so for not referring you to a colleague who is willing to
discuss it seriously, from an informed, experienced perspective. If the
doctor your present 'specialist' had suggested is the selfsame one who wants
the kid from the US off a pump, your appointment with him would have been
less of a second opinion than a repeat of the same old--at least you didn't
waste your time that day.
John's number is 01590 677911,
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