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


I make the effort to see the "specialist" at Mile End Hospital, but when you 
come out of the appt with the "specialist" believing you know more than he 
does (ie Mile End does not have a single person on a pump, and the 
"specialist" had not even heard of Glargine, also even though my morning bgs 
are consistently unstable, he did not want to change my long acting because 
it would stuff the rest of the dat up!), it does make you question the worth 
of going to a GP (who, logic tells me, is going to know less than the 
"specialist" at the Diabetes clinic!).

Anyway, I am hoping against hope that I will still be able to see the GP on 
Tuesday about my suspicious mole (really just for a fifth opinion (my dad, 
my dad's surgeon, my (private) GP here, and the (private) dermatologist), 
and for a referral to a decent "specialist" who will hopefully know what she 
is talking about!



>From: Pat Reynolds <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] RE: hands and feet...extra question
>Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 23:57:25 +0000
>Hi Ingrid,
>I used to feel exactly that way, Ingrid, and now I wish I _had_ gone in
>for the tests and useless advice, because at least I'd have more
>information on how beneficial the pump has been.  Also, I guess, should
>my kidneys have started to fail, or something else they would have
>picked it up.
>In fact, I'd have done the tests and said 'send me the results for my
>records, and if there's any changes which you think I should be making,
>or extra treatment I should have, call me in, but if you are not able to
>make any recommendations other than 'relax, and carry on', let's not
>waste our time by meeting'.
>Hindsight, however, is very different vision!
>Sooo... I'd apologise (never hurts) for missing the data collection
>exercise on the 17th, and re-arrange it and the subsequent GP clinic.
> >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 feel this is because diabetes is a condition which need holistic long-
>term, partnership-based treatment, but the NHS is set up to treat the
>condition not the person, is more short-term than local government
>(working to 12 month cycles rather than 4 year cycles), is not 'joined
>up' to social benefits/losses and is inherently patricarchal, racist,
>sexist (and ablitst).
>We get into trouble partly because we are pointing out that the Emperor
>has no clothes (or rather, that we understand that nudity has its place,
>and works for some people, it's just that we'd rather the Emperor, in
>our house, put on a pair of trousers).
>Finally, do you have a duvet?  I find duvets are such nice things for
>going and screaming into, on occasions.
>With best wishes,
>(who is planning to die in 3085: that way, I can just about finish all
>currently planned projects)
>Pat Reynolds
>email @ redacted
>    "It might look a bit messy now, but just you come back in 500 years 
>    (T. Pratchett)
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