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Re: [IPk] RE: hands and feet...extra question

Hi Ingrid
I know how you feel and I have already been told by many (including here on
the group) to change doctors / hospitals etc. I just feel I can't go through
it all again with changing hospitals, waiting for the initial appointment,
getting to know them...and on and on :)
Plus 3 months ago he suggested I "might" suit a pump so I thought I'd stay
put but now he's leaving anyway! My GP always refers me back to my
consultant, the usual story... at least here in London it would seem. I
originally come from Cornwall where most surgeries will treat diabetes more
effectively. Mind you I believe Cornwall still haven't funded a pump yet,
but I might be out of date there.
One last note, on the same previous visit to the hospital my doctor asked me
to help by being a tester for trainee doctors looking at my eyes, which I
agreed to (in the hope that one day they will offer some research of
interest) After I agreed though he told me I owed him one anyway. Once I'd
left the hospital I thought surely it is his job to assist me, however
badly, therefore what do I "owe" him? Bizarre.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ingrid Morrow" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 12:31 PM
Subject: Re: [IPk] RE: hands and feet...extra question

> Hi Hilly
> that is atrocious.  I would report to the appropriate authorities if I
> you.
> Why is it that so many of us who are out there trying to prevent being
> more a burden on the health system than we already are getting into
> so much????
> I have arranged to see my GP about getting referred out of area (I am
> majorly fedup DM wise at the moment), and my appt is on Tuesday week.  I
> a letter on Saturday though telling me I was supposed to have blood tests
> done on the 17th for my DM clinic on the 28th.  I know exactly what their
> response is going to be - if you can't be bothered even coming to your own
> GP's clinic, why on earth should we refer you out of area...but I know
> they are going to do, just test my blood, urine, eyes, weight, etc,etc etc
> but they won't do or won;t know how to do anything actually useful.
> Sorry for the rant, but I am fed up and want the whole DM thing to just go
> away!!!!!!!!
> ingrid
> >From: "Hilly Beattie" <email @ redacted>
> >Reply-To: email @ redacted
> >To: <email @ redacted>
> >Subject: [IPk] RE: hands and feet...extra question
> >Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 11:41:13 -0000
> >
> >Hi all
> >I've been in hiding for a while and skulking in the background but the
> >recent
> >mail on hands has got me interested! Last Thursday I saw my doctor at
> >and raised a problem I've been increasingly experiencing. My hands are
> >tingly
> >and "freeze up" alot and I get cramp like symptoms in my feet, resulting
> >complete pain when one of them completely seized up for about half an
> >(felt much longer as these things always do!) Anyway he replied without
> >introduction that he doesn't want to "drag in surgeons to operate on my
> >hands
> >yet as there are plenty of things he could try" Here's the embarrassing
> >but after he said that he told me to come back in 6 months time and I
> >didn't
> >ask him anything I just walked out. I was upset as my HBA1c had gone from
> >9.9
> >to 10.2 overall and I've had two lots of laser surgery in the past 5
> >(due more tomorrow) but now I'm worried about what he meant! He is
> >the
> >hospital so when I return it will be a new doctor. I guess thats a good
> >thing
> >as when I was telling him I'm keen to do anything to lower my constantly
> >high
> >blood he told me to consider myself lucky as he had spent the morning
> >a
> >patient who was diabetic, had just had a heart attack and wa in renal
> >failure.
> >I asked how old the man was and he was 36. I reminded my doctor I was 29
> >had
> >everything but heart and kidney problems and was trying desperately not
> >be
> >that man in a few years time. I think he thought I was being my usual
> >"difficult" self. I expressed an interest in the G.I index and he told me
> >not
> >to get carried away...still I'm jumping that I didn't ask him more about
> >hands :) Any suggestions would be great so I can go off and research it
> >myself. Thanks
> >
> >Hilly.      feeling a little better after all that strangely :)
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