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RE: [IPk] Re: Thanks



Pat - you are really hard on all health professional.... Anyhow - if you
are taking insulin - you really should be doing blood tests. If you are
taking mixed insulin twice a day - you could take more short-acting for
your meals and give the same amount of long-acting the only problem
being you would need to mix yourself and use syringes, or two pens/two
needles. Good Luck,
Julette :) - proudly a more forward thinking Diabetes
Specialist/Research Dietitian in Bournemouth. 
PS: Health professionals are currently being asked to attend
introduction and education sessions to be more aware of how to treat
pump patients - so things are moving and shaking... particularly
interest from over 80 dietitians around the country. So that is
promising in itself.... julette :)

> Dear Amanda,
> 
>  It will be frustrating for you, because you
> will probably be able to work out that what you need to do is
> 'increase
> the short acting taken at dinner' (or some such), and find, of course,
> that you can't because there is no way to take more short acting
> without
> taking more long acting.
> 
> However, both for this book, and for pumping, you will have to take
> many
> more bg measurements.  Once before each meal and a daily roving one
> (sometimes an hour after a meal, sometimes two, sometimes three,
> sometimes during the night).  
> 
> You do have the right to ask your GP to be referred for a second
> opinion.  Of course, this will not be much help if you already have a
> three hour bus journey, and that's to your nearest hospital.  (If you
> only have one GP within reasonable distance, I imagine hospitals
> aren't
> too plentiful, either). 
> 
> I have just had another thought ... are they treating you like this
> because you are 'only a type 2', who 'as everybody knows', don't need
> such good medical care, are old and stupid and really until they learn
> to stop eating chips and chocolate, it isn't worth even suggesting
> they
> use bg monitoring equipment (it would only confuse them). (And, sadly,
> these are all beliefs I have heard from health care professionals
> within
> the last decade).  
> 
> Best wishes,
> -- 
> Pat Reynolds
> email @ redacted
>    "It might look a bit messy now, but just you come back in 500 years
> time" 
>    (T. Pratchett)
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