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Re: [IPk] Medics' reaction to the pump



What are people's thoughts on the term "brittle diabetes" as my consultant
at Guy's says it doesn't exist and is an archiac term, but the A&E
consultant I saw at St Thomas' tells me this is what I have? It's not
something I have come across before (and am not sure it would help the
struggle to have something to blame on the constant high bloods anyway!)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat Reynolds" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2001 12:24 AM
Subject: Re: [IPk] Medics' reaction to the pump


> In message <000501c09165$07b68360$email @ redacted>, Abigail King
> <email @ redacted> writes
> >started new job today in obstetrics and gynaecology- after 6 months in
> >general practice. I was wearing my pump in a prominent place. One
registrar
> >in general medicine asked me if it was a pager. Whem I explained about a
> >pump he asked me about the dosage(how much does it give- one unit per
> >our?)  - yeah like I'd be constantly pigging out on mars bars.
> Well, 50 units p/d isn't that unusual for diabetics.
> >He then said
> >he thought it would only be useful for "brittle diabetics"
> I feel that most 'brittle diabetics' are more likely to have complex
> sensitivities than unpredictable responses to the sensitivity factors -
> but wouldn't it be great to put 'brittle diabetes' and chaos theorists
> in the same room?  I am beginning to think that diabetes is the truly
> post-modern condition: with it's attention to the body and consumption.
> >and when I said
> >that it put the patient firmly in control of their condition and
explained
> >about the necessity of monitoring bg at least 4x/ day he reacted as if
this
> >was a really weird, unusual thing to do.
> Yes, it is: most of their patients are in denial - but of course,
> doctors deny that their patients are in denial (quite comic, really, if
> it wasn't so tragic (and expensive).
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Pat
> (number 5 on the list to get a pump)
> --
> Pat Reynolds
> email @ redacted
>    "It might look a bit messy now, but just you come back in 500 years
time"
>    (T. Pratchett)
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