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RE: [IPk] Steven Sexton [Diabetes-Support]

-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf
Of Steven Sexton
Sent: 21 July 2006 20:07
To: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: [IPk] Steven Sexton [Diabetes-Support]

Hi All

I know I don't post very often but as along time member I wish to thank 
Jackie for  posting the message about my accident and my thanks to 
everybody  who sent me best wishes.

The good news is that after 5 weeks in Nevill Hall Hospital is that I am 
now home recovering. I am still having to wear a high tech space age 
upper body brace to support my back/spine when moving around. I am able 
to move around on crutches - which is fun :-)    For the record I ended 
up with broken ribs, collar bone, broken left leg, crushed spine (T10) 
and a few other bits that have been damaged, bruised or broken. It was 
also touch and go as to whether I was going to survive or not.

The good news is my pump survived this rather nasty accident, despite 
being on the same side as the impact. For 10 days in ITU I was on a 
sliding scale insulin (pump) regime but once I transferred to the Ortho 
ward and a discussion with the DSN I want back on to my old pump. The 
thought of going back onto injections after 5 years on the pump did fill 
me with some dread - particularly not to sure what dose to give and the 
lack of fine control the pump gives. The DSN at the hospital was very 
supportive of me being on the pump, although they don't current;y have 
any pump users there but do have a number of people interested.

Establishing the basal profile was going to be fun, as my normal; 
profile wasn't going to be too much. The aim was to end up with BG's 
between 6 and 9, which was achieved by starting off with a very flat 
profile of 22 units for a 24 hr period. Over time my body the profile 
changed to meet my needs and the fact that I was becoming slightly more 
active, well hopping from the bed to the chair.

Over the course of the week or two it was easy enough to make 
changes,either temporary or permanent changes to the profile to meet my 
needs and keep the best control I could under the circumstances. I did 
have the odd low which was dealt with by milk and biscuits and I did 
have the odd high - miscalculated the carb content on some hospital foods.

All in all being on the pump under these extreme circumstances was 
beneficial and let me feel I was in control.

A special thanks to Mark at Roche for sending down all the supplies I 
needed so quickly, as I only had a couple of spare infusion stets with 
me, particularly as I didn't have the hospital address or the name of 
the ward I was on.

I now think it is several months of slow recovery

Kind regards

Steven Sexton

Jackie Jacombs wrote:
> Hi All
 > I know that some of you know Steven Sexton, who runs Diabetes Insight.
> has been seriously injured in a road accident when riding his motorbike.
> The following message was sent to the Diabetes Insight mailing list
> from Helen Robbins.
> Jackie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email @ redacted
> [mailto:email @ redacted]On Behalf Of Helen
> Robbins
> Sent: 23 June 2006 15:04
> To: email @ redacted
> Cc: Rhoda Martin; Gus.
> Subject: [Diabetes-Support] Steven Sexton
> Dear All
> This is just to let you know that Steven (Sexton) will be offline for some
> considerable time.
>  His wife Martine (whom some of you know) sent a text to Chris and me last
> Sunday
> to say that Steven had been involved in a serious accident on his
> Martine was on the ferry to Ireland with Raffles and Steven was riding his
> motorbike to catch a later ferry.  He was taken to hospital in
> Martine came straight back to be with him.
 > He had surgery on his leg on Monday, and another op. is due today. He was
 > ventilator, but now just has an oxygen mask. They have taken x-rays and
 > doing a scan. It is not clear whether he has brain or spinal damage. Now
> he has a mask not a ventilator he is able to speak a little but apparently
 > has no recollection of the accident. I think they are hoping to move him
to a
 > hospital in Bristol at some point, but that is all I know at present.
> to say I will keep you all informed as I am keeping in touch with Martine.
> I am sorry to have to bring you such news.
> Helen
> PS
>  If you know of anyone who knows Steven but is not on this list, please
> free
> to pass on this message.  If anyone wants to pass on messages to Martine
> Steven but do not have Martines mobile number, please send them to me and
> will pass them on.
>    Helen Robbins  email @ redacted
 > "I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to
> me
> all their wasted hours."   --Bernard Berenson
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