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Re: [IPk] DAFNE and fruity free foods...

Yeah, interesting about lite, or maybe even lightening up. I get the sense 
that DAFNE is intended to loosen us up from fear/ritualised behaviour of 
obsessively weighing everything. In my view diabetics are a rare breed of 
people who constantly struggle with the 'trying to get it right'. Sometimes 
overbearingly right, other times flawed and hypoed. This can be a good and 
bad thing, all things depending, but greater flexibility and the ability to 
improvise and enjoy life is a pretty neat DAFNE aim.

On the down side? We come away with some inaccurate preconceptions (hey, 
freedom! Fructose and strawberries and cherries - mine, all mine!). In my 
own case, being a DAFNE 'graduate' seems to have been used as one of the 
many excuses as to why I wasnt being put on the pump at Kings. I ended up 
talking to John Davies at INPUT - whose advice was sterling - and went to Dr 
Kerr for 2nd opinion at Bournemouth - with blissful results.

I'm glad I did DAFNE but today, as a new pumper, feel the need for a tighter 

Still struggling - weighing scales in one hand, a pump in the other!


>From: Pat Reynolds <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] DAFNE and fruity free foods...
>Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 09:57:41 +0100
>In message <000101c696a4$5d49abf0$email @ redacted>, Elizabeth
>O'Shea <email @ redacted> writes
> >I agree with Janice that DAFNE is great because of the freedom you get, 
> >I'm very concerned that they might be dumbing things down, probably 
> >they think it makes it easier.
>I think there may be a need for "DAFNE-lite", which suits the needs of
>some patients (although basic numeracy courses might have a better
>After a bit of "DAFNE-lite", people might graduate to full DAFNE.
>I am a grumpy old employer who is truly shocked at the low numeracy
>levels in this country.  I left school worried because I never did get
>my head around trig.... but I have lost count of the times I have had to
>explain how to calculate ex-VAT prices, or explain the use of brackets
>in spreadsheet formulae (this to graduates!)
>No wonder they think that diabetics are going to find it difficult to
>buy a 400g bag of cherries with 16g CHO per 100g on the label, and work
>out how much insulin to inject if they need 1 unit per 12g and want to
>eat about a third of the bag!
>Best wishes to all,
>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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