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Re: [IPk] Happy New Year and an Insulin pump

Hi Jackie
That's great news. What a lovely way to start the year. I've never heard of 
the psychological checks but it sounds like quite a good idea (even if it is a 
bit of a pain in the proverbial). Good luck with all the assessments etc and 
let us know how you get on. I'm sure Sasha will get used to being attached to 
the pump all the time very quickly, and will actually find that it's less of a 
reminder about diabetes than being on injections, as she'll have so much more 
freedom. It'll be tricky getting it all sorted out to start with, but I'm sure 
it'll be worth it in the end.

Jackie Jacombs wrote:
> Hi All
> Just to say that we have received a confirmation letter this morning from
> Gloucester Royal to say that Sasha fits the criteria for insulin pump
> therapy and that after attending carb counting classes (I know, I know, we
> do that already, but they have to go through the checks) and be accessed by
> a psychologist that we are OK to have a pump. Things should begin to moving
> forward in the next few months. I have been to one carb counting session.
> A warning at the end of the letter says that if at anytime they think that
> things are not working out, they reserve the right to remove the pump and
> for Sasha to return to conventional therapy.  We knew this already.   So
> brilliant news for 2005.  Has anyone else had to be seen by a psychologist
> before having a pump?  I was told that the psychologist would need to meet
> the whole family, probably at home.  I assume that they want to check that
> we are not a bunch of alcoholics or drug users, who would not look after
> Sasha properly and that Sasha understands that she will have something
> attached to her 24 hours a day and that she wants to go ahead with pump
> therapy herself, rather than us telling her that its the best thing. Of
> course I don't know exactly how Sasha will feel with something always
> attached to her.  It might be a constant reminder of her diabetes, but then
> she has never said "Why me" or really got upset about having diabetes, or
> that she has so many injections a day.  The constant reminder at the moment
> is the hypos and hypers.
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