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RE: [IPk] Pump Therapy and a Psychologist

Hi Jackie,

When I initially approached my D consultant about a pump, I was told that I 
would need a psychologist's assessment on my committment to where a pump. It 
is hard work to start with but the benefits are well worth it. Because my 
consultant wasn't very "pro-pump" I was advised by John Davis (Input) to get 
my GP to refer me to Dr Kerr in Bournemouth. There were just too many 
obstacles in my way in Reading. So I got my pump, pump training and support 
from Bournemouth without waiting for the psychology assessment.

Jane Halls
Type 1 22 years, married to Martin 24 years (today), have 5 children, and 
have been pumping for 6 months.

>From: "Jackie Jacombs" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: "Insulin Pump List" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IPk] Pump Therapy and a Psychologist
>Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 23:18:48 -0000
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>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 
>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 
>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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