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Re: [IPk] Pump Therapy and a Psychologist

Hi Jackie,

I think your diabetes team are exhibiting typical symptoms of
insecurity, and there is probably a deep seated neurosis at the back of
this.  I recommend group therapy for them, and perhaps a mild sedative
to help them adapt to the stresses of life that they are, at the moment,
clearly unable to cope with.  I think all you can do is reassure them
that their anxiety is a perfectly normal reaction to new things: not
everyone embraces challenges willingly, but avoiding change absolutely
is just as dangerous as reckless thrill-seeking.


dm 30+, 508 3+

In message <email @ redacted>,
Jackie Jacombs <email @ redacted> writes
>We are in the beginning months of  moving towards pump therapy and one of
>the things, amongst other strange requirements, is that we have  to be seen
>by a family  psychologist  before we can be finally given the go ahead for
>pump therapy.  Has anyone else had to do this?  I just wondered what they
>might be looking for, apart from the obvious things, like we might be an
>unsuitable family because we might be alcoholics or drug abusers. Or be
>forcing Sasha against her will to be tied to a pump when she doesn't want
>The consultant did point out to Sasha, that by wearing a pump, people might
>ask her what it was and if she was a very private person  about her diabetes
>it might be upsetting to have all the world know that you have diabetes. Or
>words to that effect.  I think that Sasha was slightly taken aback by this,
>as up until then, I don't think that Sasha had any idea that someone would
>want to hide the fact that they had diabetes.  I can understand why the
>consultant might point this out, because it was the first time we had met
>her, having been referred from our usual hospital.   I just hope that this
>psychologist doesn't harp on about these sort of issues, as until now Sasha
>hasn't been bother by the idea of wearing a pump and that someone might see
>it, having met other children and adults using pumps she thinks its rather
>cool! and seems to have no negative thoughts about it.  (apart from a slight
>worry and if having a site put in might hurt a bit).
>Anyone have any ideas what sort of thing a psychologist would be looking
>for??  We have never seen one so far, as there wasn't one attached to our
>usual hospital.
>Mum of Sasha aged 10 dx 1999, twin sister Rebecca, both coeliac 2001
>Mum also to Danni and Nicola, wife to Terry
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Pat Reynolds
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